The House minority leader admitted that liberals would have never voted to fund the military, but did so to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told an LGBT rights group on Friday that liberal members of the House only voted to fund the military so that they could repeal the policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
“Don’t tell anybody I told you this,” Pelosi said, before launching into the anecdote.
Pelosi explained that Democrats did not have the votes from Republican members to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which funded the military and included a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
She said that she went to members of “the liberal contingent” of the Democratic Party, asking them to vote for the NDAA. She named former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and current Reps. Barbara Lee (D-TX) and John Lewis (R-GA).
Pelosi told the members they had to vote for the defense authorization bill.
“Never. We never vote for the defense bill,” they said, according to Pelosi.
Liberal members ended up casting their first vote to fund the military and save the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Pelosi proudly recounted.
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