Friday, December 17, 2010

Senate to Vote on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Tomorrow

According to the Huffington Post, the Senate will vote on both the DREAM Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal tomorrow.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the Omnibus bill - which funds the government - off the schedule, as it was going to eat up a lot of time and was unlikely to pass anytime soon, anyway; he will instead call for a continuing resolution to fund the government into early next year, when they'll pick up the Omnibus bill again.

Debate on the START Treaty will pick up next week once DREAM and DADT are out of the way.

Funding the government was something Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) wanted to take care of before voting on repeal, so if the continuing resolution is passed today, we should be able to count on her vote tomorrow.

Adding Murkowski to the original 58 votes for repeal (which itself involves adding Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas to the official 57, as she was at the dentist during the vote), we now have 59 senators voting for repeal.  Add to that Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who has also pledged to support repeal, and we have the 60 we need.

Sen. Olympmia Snowe (R-Maine) also said she would support repeal, but she said in her statement that she wants to pass NDAA first.  I've read that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Mark Levin (D-Mich.) have come to a compromise on a much less controversial NDAA, so it's very possible Snowe will be placated by that, but I'm not sure when it will be on the schedule to come up for a vote, so we can't necessarily count on Snowe's vote tomorrow.

Still, things are looking extremely good.  Call these senators and make sure we have the votes we need to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" once and for all.

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 Olympia Snowe (R-Maine): 202-224-5344
Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio): 202-224-3353

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