The newest member of the U.S. Senate says he'll study a Pentagon report on repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” before deciding on the issue.

Republican Mark Kirk, who'll serve the remaining weeks of President Barack Obama's unexpired term, was sworn in on Monday. Democratic Senator Roland Burris was appointed to the seat after Obama became president but didn't run for the post. Kirk's full term begins in January.

The long-awaited report on how the military might proceed if Congress decides to repeal the 1993 law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly was released on Tuesday. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, endorsed the report's findings. The Pentagon concluded that a majority of troops are okay with lifting the ban.

“Senator Kirk will read every page of the DoD/Joint Chiefs of Staff report and will seek a meeting with the Chief of Naval Operations to discuss his findings before making a decision on the issue,” Lance Trover, Kirk's chief of staff, said in a statement.

As a representative, Kirk, a Navy reserve officer, voted against a measure that would repeal the law that has ended the military careers of over 13,000 service members.

A Senate committee will begin two days' worth of hearings on the Pentagon report on Thursday.