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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Statement on GOP’s Rejection of NDAA Amendment to Restore Honor to Service Members

May 18, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after the Republican majority rejected his amendment with Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would have restored benefits to gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members who were discharged from the military on the basis of their sexual orientation.

“Veterans who have risked their lives for our country should not be discriminated against based solely on sexual orientation,” said. Rep. Pocan. “We must do everything possible to rectify the effects of past policies to ensure that our veterans’ service is respected and valued in the eyes of our country. I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans continue to deny our veterans the recognition and benefits they deserve.”

Reps. Pocan and Rangel previously introduced the Restore Honor to Service Members Act in July 2015, which would help service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation correct their military records to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. The Restore Honor to Service Members Act has 113 cosponsors, including 4 Republicans, in the House and 38 cosponsors in the Senate. 

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