House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Republicans are “spinning their wheels” in an effort to “re-litigate” the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which President Obama signed into law late last year. Pelosi made the remarks in an answer to a question from AmericaBlog’s John Aravosis on a call with progressive bloggers attended by ThinkProgress:
ARAVOSIS: A lot of us are growing increasingly concerned, especially with these hearings going on over the last couple of weeks that the Republicans may make a play to try to derail Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal. Now, whether they do a game with the ongoing budget resolution or whether they try to play some trick with appropriations, do you make any sense of that? [...]
PELOSI: There is a full committee hearing tomorrow, but I think they’re spinning their wheels… They’re trying to re-litigate an issue that’s already resolved in Congress and in the minds of the American people. The American people are way ahead of us on this. This is one of those things that was such a high priority…. For the moment they’re trying to re-litigate it and it’s resolved.
Indeed, in addition to the House Armed Services Committee hearing tomorrow with the service chiefs from the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force (and the Vice Chair of the Army), Republicans held a subcommittee hearing last week. The GOP continued to argue against repeal, even as the Defense Department testified that it expects training to be completed by August and officially certify repeal before the end of the year. At least three of the GOP presidential hopefuls have also said they would reinstate the policy and the Republican National Committee has condemned the change.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll from December 2010, however, found that nearly 80 percent of Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.