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CMR Sitrep
Thursday, March 4, 2010
More Questions from Congress, and CMR Meets with Pentagon Leaders

March 3 House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Personnel Subcommittee Hearing

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) conducted a hearing with the two co-chairs of the Pentagon's Comprehensive Review Working Group, DoD General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army General Carter Ham, and with the DoD Under Secretary for Personnel & Readiness, Clifford L. Stanley. Committee members repeatedly asked Mr. Johnson and General Ham about their plans to conduct a review of the issue, including a survey of active-duty troops. In response to persistent questions from HASC Personnel Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), working group co-chairman Johnson agreed that the committee should answer two key questions: Is there evidence that current law is harming military readiness? Secondly, Would repeal of current law improve military readiness?

Rep. Wilson also highlighted many problematic issues that were framed in detailed questions submitted to the Pentagon by HASC Ranking Member Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA). One of the most controversial issues was a potential conflict that could result in repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) if Congress votes to repeal the 1993 law. Rowan Scarborough provided more detail on family issues in this article for the Washington Times:

-Group Wants Same Military Benefits for Gay Spouses

On March 4, CMR and representatives of the Family Research Council, the Alliance Defense Fund and the Center for Security Policy met with the Comprehensive Review Working Group co-chairs at the Pentagon. (The CRWG also met with activists for the other side separately on the same day.) CMR will provide assistance to the CRWG whenever we can in the coming months.
posted by CMR Editor @ 3/04/2010 11:08:00 AM

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