Thursday, December 09, 2010

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Introduced as Stand-Alone Bill

UPDATE: It looks like Lieberman, Collins, and Udall are introducing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal as a stand-alone bill, and Lieberman has tweeted that he is "confident" they have 60 votes.
@JoeLieberman: We are working with our colleagues and are confident that there are at least 60 Senators who support repeal. http://yfrog.com/h0870j

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This just in from Twitter:
@JoeLieberman: @SenatorCollins and I and others are introducing a free standing bill to repeal #DADT today.
@JoeLieberman: Senator Reid told me he will bring our free-standing #DADT repeal up for a vote before end of session.
It is my opinion that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" would fare better as its own bill than it would attached to the National Defense Authorization Act.  Sen. Collins will definitely be on board, and we would also probably get Sen. Brown (R-Mass.) and maybe even Sens. Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ensign (R-Nev.).  In this case, we wouldn't need Manchin (Traitor-W.Va.) as we would almost certainly have the 58 votes we had for the most recent cloture vote (counting the vote Lincoln of Arkansas would have cast) and a few more from moderate Republicans as well.

However, it would probably still be contingent on a tax deal being cut, which is seeming less likely to happen within the next day or so given House Dems' rejection of the bill earlier today.  Optimism, then, is quite cautious.

Stay tuned, it's about to get even crazier...

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