Senate to Hold DADT Hearings on Pentagon Report Next Week

The Senate Armed Services Committee is planning two days of hearings on December 2nd and 3rd regarding the Pentagon's report on repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', which is scheduled for release on Tuesday, the WaPo reports:

Dadt "The panel, led by Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), will hear from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen; and the co- chairmen of the Pentagon Working Group, Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army Gen. Carter Ham on Thursday. The next day, in a nod to McCain's wishes to hear from the military's top brass on the issue, the committee will hear testimony from Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Gen. James E. Cartwright, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Naval Chief of Operations Adm. Gary Roughhead, Marine Commandant Gen. James F. Amos and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz."


Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade notes the tight timeframe on DADT repeal:

Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said he’s “hopeful” that Congress will be able to enact repeal, but acknowledged that “the clock is our enemy.”

“I’m fearful of time running out on the bill before it’s finished or the prospects of strong opposition from a core group of senators who don’t want to see anything happen in the lame duck,” Sarvis said.

Debate on the defense authorization bill traditionally takes about two weeks in the Senate. Given that slightly more than one month remains in the legislative session this year, time for a debate and vote in the Senate — as well as time for conferencing the legislation — would have to be compressed to move forward.

And Americablog has posted an online 'open letter' to Obama, urging him to call Senators on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.


  1. MaryM says

    If DADT is not repealed within the next few weeks, then I suspect that by the time of Obama’s re-election campaign he will have failed to deliver ANY of his pre-election promises to our community. If that happens then he can kiss our support goodbye. He’s already had 2 years and has done nothing. Using the arguement ‘Well if McCain had won, think of where we’d be’ will no longer wash. We’d be in the exact same position as we are under our self-proclaimed ‘fierce advocate’. Tick-tock Mr Obama. Are you ready to wave goodbye to millions of LGBT votes?

  2. Joe says

    Congress waste millions of dollars every year on hearings. Not sure why they can’t just read the report and form their opinion themselves. What more are they going to get out of these hearings?

    And with most republicans holding down the party line, it’s unlikely that they are going to get more than Collins and maybe Brown to vote in favor of them even if they this hearing or months of it. ugh.