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Senate Proceeding on Sep 21st, 2010 :: 0:54:35 to 0:59:54
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Susan Collins

0:54:31 to 0:54:53( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: appropriate way. i am looking to work with people on both sides of the aisle, and i thank you very much for your patience. ms. collins: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i come to the floor to discuss the defense authorization bill and the don't

Susan Collins

0:54:35 to 0:59:54( Edit History Discussion )
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Susan Collins

0:54:54 to 0:55:15( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: ask, don't tell provisions included in it. let me start by making my position crystal clear. i agree with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, that the don't ask,

Susan Collins

0:55:16 to 0:55:37( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: don't tell law should be repealed. it should be repealed, contingent upon the certain certifications of the president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff that its repeal would not have an adverse impact on

Susan Collins

0:55:38 to 0:56:02( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: military readiness, recruitment and retention. and those are, mr. president, exactly the provisions that are included in the defense authorization bill. my view is that our armed forces

Susan Collins

0:56:03 to 0:56:23( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: should welcome the service of any qualified individual who is willing and capable of serving our country. the bottom line for me is this. if an individual is willing to put on the uniform of our country, to be deployed in war

Susan Collins

0:56:24 to 0:56:46( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: zones like iraq and afghanistan, to risk his or her life for our country, then we should be expressing our gratitude to those individuals, not trying to exclude them from serving or

Susan Collins

0:56:47 to 0:57:11( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: expel them from the force. that is why, mr. president, during consideration of this bill in may i supported the compromise provisions that were put forth by senator lieberman and senator levin. at a previous senate armed services committee hearing, i asked admiral mullen if there

Susan Collins

0:57:12 to 0:57:32( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: were any evidence at all that allowing gay lesbian troops to serve had harmed military readiness in those countries that allow their service now. at least 28 countries, including great britain, australia,

Susan Collins

0:57:33 to 0:57:54( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: canada, the netherlands, and israel, allow open service by lesbian and gay troops. we have no greater allies than great britain, australia, canada, and israel, and none of these countries, not one,

Susan Collins

0:57:55 to 0:58:17( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: reports morale or recruitment problems. at least nine of these countries have deployed their forces alongside american troops in operation iraqi freedom, and at least 12 of these nations are allowing open service and are currently fighting alongside

Susan Collins

0:58:18 to 0:58:42( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: u.s. troops in afghanistan. there's a cost involved in our current policy. according to a 2005 g.a.o. report, american taxpayers spend more than $30 million each year to train replacement for gay troops discharged under the

Susan Collins

0:58:43 to 0:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: don't ask, don't policy. the total costs reported since the statute was implemented, according to g.a.o., has been nearly $200 million and that doesn't count the administrative and legal costs associated with investigations and hearings. the military schooling of gay

Susan Collins

0:59:06 to 0:59:27( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: troops, such as pilot training and linguist training. we are losing highly-skilled troops to this policy. according to the g.a.o., 8% of the service members let go under don't ask, don't tell held critical occupations defined as

Susan Collins

0:59:28 to 0:59:51( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: services such as interpreters, 3% had skills in an important foreign language such as arabic, farsi or korean. more than 13,000 troops have been dismissed from the military simply because of their sexual orientation since president

Susan Collins

0:59:52 to 0:59:57( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: clinton signed this law in 1993. mr. president, society has

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