Washington • Sen. Mike Lee, a new member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Thursday he backs the Defense Department's move to allow women soldiers to serve in combat units, a decision greeted with mostly support on Capitol Hill.
"Women play a critical role in protecting the country and I welcome every effort to ensure women have the same opportunity for advancement in our military as men," Lee said in a statement. "The Pentagon's continual review of how this policy change affects our military will be an important step in assuring we maintain readiness."
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the new policy Thursday, saying it would be phased in over time and that women may not be able to serve in all roles. President Barack Obama and some members of Congress were quick to back the decision while others slammed it.