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Senate Proceeding on Dec 18th, 2010 :: 0:57:10 to 1:03:30
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Saxby Chambliss

0:57:07 to 0:57:27( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: living among people who have different points of view, i'm going to legislation. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from mr. chambliss: mr. president, i believe under the previous order, i have five minutes of senator mccain's time.

Saxby Chambliss

0:57:10 to 1:03:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

0:57:28 to 0:57:48( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: i'd like to take a minute to speak on this issue of repeal of don't ask, don't tell. i want to start by talking about the process. here we are once again at the end of the year, the last week, just a few days, in this case, one week before christmas, dealing with a very sensitive, a very emotional issue that is of critical importance to our men and women in the military as

Saxby Chambliss

0:57:49 to 0:58:10( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: well as every other american, but most significantly those men and women who are willing to put their life in harm's way to protect america and protect americans, and they do such a good job of that. what we've seen here is we've seen the house take up a bill, pass a bill, and it comes to the senate direct to the floor, and

Saxby Chambliss

0:58:11 to 0:58:32( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: no opportunity for amendments, limited opportunity for debate, which we'll have today, and then we're going to vote on this. i see the assistant majority leader is here, and i want to just say that as we move into next year, get ready. get ready because this game can be played by both sides. there will be a number of bills that are passed in the house

Saxby Chambliss

0:58:33 to 0:58:54( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: next year that the majority is not going to want to vote on. they better believe that those bills are going to be coming to the floor of the senate in the same twhaeu this bill is come -- in the same way that this bill is coming, and we're going to insist on that. secondly, let me say here we are in the middle of two military conflicts where men and women

Saxby Chambliss

0:58:55 to 0:59:17( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: are getting shot at, injured, killed, doing her oic acts and providing for freedom in a part of the world that is of critical importance to all americans and at the same time making sure as they fight that battle in iraq and afghanistan that those

Saxby Chambliss

0:59:18 to 0:59:39( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: individuals who would seek to do harm to america, and americans are not allowed to do so, and we have a policy in place called don't ask, don't tell that has been in place for 18 years now, and it's worked. admiral mullen in his testimony before the senate armed services committee said that as a commander, he had to terminate individuals who decided to let it be known that they were a

Saxby Chambliss

0:59:40 to 1:00:00( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: member of the gay or lesbian community, and he did. and i said in response to -- or as an additional question to him when he responded to that, did you have a morale issue when you had to terminate those people? and he said, no, morale remained high.

Saxby Chambliss

1:00:01 to 1:00:21( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: morale today in every branch of our service is as high as it's ever been in the last couple of decades. our recruiting and retention are at all-time highs. but what does this survey that was sent out on this issue to military personnel and military families show? well, first of all, it does not address the issue of do you support repeal of don't ask,

Saxby Chambliss

1:00:22 to 1:00:43( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: don't tell. they did not ask the question. the survey assumes the repeal and talks about implementation. but what's interesting about the survey is that the individuals that conducted it, in addition to sending out pieces of paper, also had personal interviews, they had online back and forth

Saxby Chambliss

1:00:44 to 1:01:05( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: chats with individual members of the military, and a majority of the individuals who wear the uniform of the united states who had personal interaction with the individuals who did the survey were opposed to the repeal of don't ask, don't tell.

Saxby Chambliss

1:01:06 to 1:01:26( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the -- the survey does show that nearly 60% of the respondents from the marine corps and the army combat arms said they believe repeal would cause a negative impact on their unit's effectiveness. among marine combat arms, the percentage was 67%. and we think this is a good

Saxby Chambliss

1:01:27 to 1:01:49( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: idea? we think it's a good idea when 67% of those marines who are in foxholes and are dodging bullets around corners in afghanistan as we speak today who say that this is going to have an impact on them. we think it's a good idea to repeal this policy. and by the way, this has nothing

Saxby Chambliss

1:01:50 to 1:02:10( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to do with the valiant service that gays and lesbians have provided to the united states of america. that's a given. we all agree with that. but what the marine corps and what the army as well as what the air force chief said is that this is not the time to repeal this, in the middle of a military conflict is not the

Saxby Chambliss

1:02:11 to 1:02:32( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: time to repeal a policy that's working, that has the potential for affecting morale and has the potential for affecting unit cohesiveness, and it also most significantly in my mind, according to got general -- to both general casey and general amos, it does have the potential

Saxby Chambliss

1:02:33 to 1:02:55( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: for increasing the risk of harm and death to our men and women who are serving in combat today. if for no other reason, we ought not repeal this today. should it be done at some point in time? maybe so, but in the middle of a military conflict is not the time to do it. so as we think about this and we

Saxby Chambliss

1:02:56 to 1:03:17( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: think about the men and women who are serving and the fact that we, as senator inhofe alluded to earlier -- i won't repeat all of those numbers, but the fact is that if the percentages who responded to -- if the percentage is correct of those respondents to the survey comes forth to be true, then

Saxby Chambliss

1:03:18 to 1:03:30( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: we're going to have about 30% of marine combat forces who are going to get out early and not re-enlist, and we're going to have to replace it. we have got about 25% of those combat troops in the army who

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