House Passes Repeal of DADT

By a vote of 250 to 175, the House of Representatives today passed a stand-alone bill to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT). The bill now goes to the Senate.

While the initial repeal measure failed in the Senate, Democrats are now confident they can find 60 votes there to pass this standalone bill. The party is working against time, however. Before they take up the "don't ask" repeal, Senate Democrats are committed to taking up other significant issues, like the ratification of a nuclear treaty with Russia and a government-funding bill. The Senate is attempting to take up all of these matters before breaking for Christmas recess.

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    Speaker Pelosi has shown (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by KeysDan on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 06:44:15 PM EST
    leadership on this issue.  

    Although it might be difficult (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by CoralGables on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 09:45:25 PM EST
    also have to give credit to Collins and Lieberman who put together this bill, and who now have pulled out a trump card to guarantee victory.

    "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,"
    Sen. Olympia Snowe

    True, Senator Lieberman (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by KeysDan on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 08:15:20 AM EST
    deserves credit on this issue.  And, Rep Patrick Murphy (who lost his re-election bid) was a stalwart. Nancy Pelosi rallied the troops, and for that I thank her.

    Wouldn't it have been nice (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by BrassTacks on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 01:39:46 AM EST
    If Congress had completed some of this work in months prior, rather than waiting until the last minute and try to get so many important things done?  

    The House passed DADT repeal as an amendment (none / 0) (#10)
    by Farmboy on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 10:02:57 AM EST
    last May. It's the Senate that can't get anything done. Matter of fact, the House has passed over 400 bills this session that the Senate hasn't moved on.

    Murkwoski and Snowe (none / 0) (#2)
    by jbindc on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 06:21:57 PM EST
    Have said they'll support it.  Brown should support it (he didn't last week because of a procedural issue).  With Collins and Lieberman, and Lincoln not going to the dentist - they should have 60 to pass.

    Finally (none / 0) (#3)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 06:24:58 PM EST
    some good news.

    It's only good news if the Senate, (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by caseyOR on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 07:18:31 PM EST
    not known for quick action, slogs through all its various procedural roadblocks and votes on this bill before they adjourn for Christmas.

    better late than never (none / 0) (#9)
    by CST on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 09:36:12 AM EST
    I still can't believe it has taken this long to get blatant discrimination out of the law.  And I don't just mean this congress.  

    I hope everyone who voted against it knows that history will not be on their side - and they will be the names attatched to it.

    Scott Brown is on board (none / 0) (#11)
    by jbindc on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 10:54:01 AM EST
    Says he will support stand alone bill to repeal DADT.

    That should give them 61 votes in the Senate.

    The list grows (none / 0) (#12)
    by CoralGables on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 02:14:27 PM EST
    Now that it looks to be a sure thing, the Republicans are starting to come around. I'll expect at least 65 votes in the end.