The Congress shouldn't consider important civil rights issues while the country is facing a recession and two wars, according to the House Minority Leader. NBC's David Gregory asked John Boehner about President Barack Obama's call to end the military's controversial "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. Boehner believes this is the wrong time.
"In the middle of two wars and in the middle of this giant security threat, why would we want to get into this debate?" Boehner asked.
"While at a time when Americans are asking where are the jobs, why do we want to get in this debate?" he continued.
The House Minority Leader continued his argument, "While we're fighting over health care and trying to find some way to come to common ground, why do we want to get into a divisive debate that will do nothing more than distract the real debate about helping to get our economy going again and getting American people back to work."
Obviously not all Americans agree with Boehner. People took to twitter to voice their dissent. "Boehner, there will NEVER b a perfect time 2 address #DADT. if not now, WHEN? what a load of crap!" Jenci Spradlin wrote.
Simon Byrd of Burnsville, Minnesota sees an economic benefit to ending discriminatory military policy. "'Why are we debating DADT when we should be debating getting people back 2 work?' sez Boehner. Because it WOULD result in gays having JOBS??" he asked.
This video is from NBC's Meet the Press, broadcast Jan. 31, 2010.