DADT UPDATE: Key Senators Uncommitted on Breaking Filibuster

Just in from Servicemembers Legal Defense Network:


–Susan Collins (R-ME)
–Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
–Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
–Richard Lugar (R-IN)
–Judd Gregg (R-NH)
–Jim Webb (D-VA)
–George Voinovich (R-OH)

Now is a crucial moment. The number for the Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121.

All should call their senators now.

The Advocate reports that the vote is being held hostage in a procedural showdown:

"Sen. Joseph Lieberman summed it up best Thursday, suggesting that breaking next week’s potential GOP filibuster on the National Defense Authorization Act, which houses 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal, depended almost entirely on a procedural showdown between Democrats and Republicans. 'The question is whether the Senate leadership can negotiate an agreement with the Republicans that will allow the bill to come up and get them to feel that they can introduce amendments that they want to introduce as well,' Lieberman told The Advocate. 'But until that happens, I don’t think the votes are there to break the filibuster, which would be a shame.'"

In related news, the NYT posted an editorial today urging Judge Viriginia Phillips to "issue a strong injunction" against DADT.


  1. jason says

    Thumbs down to Democrats. They’ve had 2 long years with a massive Senate majority but have done nothing. I blame the Democrats.

  2. Keori says

    Susan Collins D.C. office: (202) 224-2523
    Susan Collins Augusta, ME office: (207) 622-8414

    Olympia Snowe toll-free number: (800) 432-1599
    Olympia Snowe Augusta, ME office: (207) 622-8292

    Mark Pryor D.C. office: (202) 224-2353
    Mark Pryor Little Rock, AR office: (501) 324-6336

    Richard Lugar D.C. office: (202) 224-4814
    Richard Lugar Indianapolis, IN office: (317) 226-5555

    Judd Gregg D.C. office: (202) 224-3324
    Judd Gregg Concord, NH office: (603) 225-7115

    Jim Webb D.C. office: 202-224-4024
    Jim Webb Richmond, VA office: 804-771-2221

    George Voinovich D.C. office: (202) 224-3353
    George Voinovich Columbus, OH office: (614) 469-6697

  3. Jubal Harshaw says

    Much ado about nothing then. It’s not going to happen. Nice frothing the media has managed once again. I see boy-who-cried-wolf syndrome in the immediate future of our country.

    Pass me another Cape-codder there, will you Reggie?

  4. Jerry says

    This is what happens when the so-called gay leadership falls asleep at the switch. Months ago, when this “compromise bill” was worked out with Obama and the military leadership, no one pointed out that the legislation which has been tacked on to the Defense Authorization Act, does NOT end DADT. It merely gives Congress’ permission to end it, when those in authority, i.e., the military brass and Obama decide it’s ok to do so.

    Teabaggers have had a huge influence in putting several “safe” seats in Congress under threat. Fear is a great motivator, and it also doesn’t help when Obama threatens a veto if funding for a new jet engine isn’t stripped from the bill. It’s obvious that no one believes repealing DADT is that much of a priority.

    Certainly Obama has little or no interest in passage. He’s allowed dismissals to continue under DADT, when he could have stopped them months ago. His DoJ continues to defend DADT in Federal court. Why? I believe Obama lacks the courage of his convictions to actually take the political risks necessary to bring about effective change. Those still sitting on the fence (including several democrats) will use the filibuster as cover to avoid a “yes” vote on the legislation.

    Judge Virginia Phillips’ decision declaring DADT unconstitutional is our best hope for ending DADT- with or without Obama’s support.

  5. Brian says

    Jason blames the Democrats. Hmmm….and who is using the filibuster (again) to impede progress? Republicans and a few blue dog Dems. But it is the Republicans who are out to kill this puppy. Don’t be fooled.

  6. Bruno says

    I don’t exactly know what to make of this list. Does it mean Scott Brown isn’t in play? Last I heard, he said he wasn’t going to filibuster, even though he had qualms about the DADT subject in the bill.

    Basically, if Collins filibusters, that means the entire GOP filibusters this bill on procedural grounds. I hate the Senate.

  7. Rin says

    Webb is (like everyone else in Washington) self-serving. He took a HUGE hit in VA by going with the health care reform legislation and I think he believes that he needs to play it safe or something.

    I reminded his staff that Virginia almost allowed gay marriage in the last referendum on it, so it is a state that is progressing towards equality.

    Progressing…inching…dragging towards equality, but still moving that way. I don’t think he would have lost a seat over DADT repeal.

  8. says

    Rejection of injustice should be determined, courageous and forceful.

    An Executive Order to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, could be all of the above and an Act of Congress to reaffirm said order could have followed.

    Unfortunately for us, leadership is more than just words and good intentions.

  9. AndrewW says

    Calling or emailing Senators? Are you really that stupid? Do you believe Senators are waiting to tally up calls and emails? Incredible, absolutely incredible that so many people would be so incredibly naive.

    Gay Inc. and the numerous non-profit that continue to suck resources from our community have no idea what is going on – we don’t have 60 votes. We never have. These fools are playing you.

    This will not pass and shortly after we will hear from gay inc. with the suggestion “we were so close, we just need more money.” It’s a charade. They are raising money, not delivering our equality. Wake the Fu*k up.