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Senate rejects defense bill

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The vote was 57-40, the Senate rejecting the Defense Authorization Bill primarily because it includes a provision that repeals the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy which bans gay men and women from serving openly in the military. 

Why this is a big deal for Guam? Because the defense bill also includes a provision that would finally pay war reparations to the survivors of the Japanese occupation of the island. The future of the measure is murky since the lame duck congress is only in session for a few more weeks.

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