Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) to Support Repeal

According to the Portland Press Herald, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) has pledged to support repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

“After careful analysis of the comprehensive report compiled by the Department of Defense and thorough consideration of the testimony provided by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service chiefs, I support repeal of the 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' law."
Snowe voted against cloture on the National Defense Authorization Act, which included repeal, both last week and in September.

Snowe had been one of a handful of moderate Republicans whose vote on the upcoming stand-alone DADT repeal bill, introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) after the failed NDAA cloture vote, was not yet determined.  Her pledge to support repeal brings us yet one more step closer to the 60 votes we need to pass cloture. 

With 59 votes for cloture (unless any Democrats switch votes), we are clearly closer than ever before, but we still need at least one more Republican.  Call these Senators and tell them to support repeal:

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.): 202-224-3954
Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.): 202-224-4543
Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.): 202-224-6244
Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.): 202-224-4814
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska): 202-224-6665
Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio): 202-224-3353

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