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NYT, 13 (Pentagon Is Set to Lift Combat Ban for¶ Women. http://lebloglibredemonquartier.midiblogs.com/media/01/01/1176410493.pdf)

Although in the past some Republican members of the House have balked at allowing women in¶ combat, on Wednesday there appeared to be bipartisan endorsement for the decision, which was first¶ reported by The Associated Press and CNN in midafternoon.¶ “It reflects the reality of 21st century military operations,” Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan¶ and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington and the chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs¶ Committee, called it a “historic step for recognizing the role women have, and will continue to play, in the defense of our nation.”¶ Senator Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican and a member of the Armed Services Committee,¶ said in a statement that she was pleased by the decision and said that it “reflects the increasing role¶ that female service members play in securing our country.”¶ Representative Loretta Sanchez, the California Democrat who has long pressed to have women’s role¶ in combat recognized, said that she was pleased that Mr. Panetta was removing what she called “the¶ archaic combat exclusion policy.”¶ Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a New York Democrat who has pushed for lifting the ban, called it “a¶ proud day for our country” and an important step in recognizing “the brave women who are already¶ fighting and dying.”

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