According to a new GAO report, the federal government between 2004 and 2009 spent nearly $200 million to kick out gay and lesbian servicemembers, costing taxpayers an average of $52,800 per expulsion. Igor Volsky updates us on the latest efforts by House Republicans to preserve the pricey policy:

[On Thursday], Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. (R-CA) officially introduced a measure to require the heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to sign off on allowing openly gay service members, even though the chiefs have previously suggested that such a measure would undermine the military’s chain of command. The current law requires the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and President Obama to certify the repeal process.

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