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More on Lincoln Diaz-Balart's vote to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Before being feted by the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC Monday, outgoing U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart spoke to reporters about his last days in Congress -- including his vote last week to repeal the ban on gays serving in the military.

"It was the right thing to do," said Diaz-Balart, who voted for the repeal along with fellow Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. "It was inevitable and it was long in coming."

"One thing that was really important for me...[was] when I learned that that's the situation in Israel," he added. "The armed forces in Israel -- that's a tough armed forces."

Without going into specifics, Diaz-Balart said he would be employing his time now to "the practice of law, and helping the internal opposition in Cuba and our team in Washington."


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it is impossible to replace Lincoln Diaz-Balart. His saavy, passion, honesty and influence will be sorely missed in the new Congress. His retirement from the Rules Committee -- perhaps the most important committee in Congress -- is a great loss of seniority and influence for Florida. The Miami Herald never covered the many things other than Cuba that he was involved in. Immigration, TPS, NACARA, S-CHIP, the Everglades, legislation creating the homeland security committee, Israel, Colombia, Morocco, Poland, Chile, Cyprus, no child left behind, SOUTHCOM headquaters inMiam, head start, etc etc. He took the House Joint Resolution on US intervention in Afghanistan to the floor following 9-11.

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Yes great americans that are protecting our nation by going back to keep POW's from having constitutional rights they were never meant to have.

Sadly this entire bill would not have even had to happen if the liberals had not kept trying to give rights to the terrorists though court actions. They brought this on one theirself.

But yes we need to kick those people who did not protect our nation out ofoffice, thanks for the watch list of these taitors to americans safety

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