Senate Democrats

Reid: Defense Authorization Bill Will Address The DREAM Act And Discrimination In The Military

Washington, DC –Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today announcing that the Defense Authorization bill will include a provision to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and an amendment to pass the DREAM Act:
“This work period, the Senate will consider the Defense Authorization bill.  Along with critical support for our national security forces around the world, this legislation will address two other important issues that are long overdue.
“Passage of this bill would overturn the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ rule for our armed forces.   We will finally send a loud and clear message that everyone who steps up to serve our country should and will be welcomed regardless of sexual orientation.
“We are also offering an amendment to pass the DREAM Act.  This amendment will ensure that millions of children who grow up as Americans will be able to get the education they need to contribute to our economy.  Students who come to America before age 16 and who have been here for five years should be able get their green card after they go to college or serve in the military.  And many who have volunteered to defend our country can finally become citizens of it.
“I firmly believe these two amendments deserve strong bipartisan support and will work to ensure we pass this legislation before the end of this work period.”