Reid Won’t Set Senate ‘DADT’ Vote Till Next Week, at Earliest

So says Ed O'Keefe at the Washington Post:

Reid In a joint statement, gay rights groups pushing to end the ban cheered Wednesday's vote, saying it "provides another resounding indication that 'don't ask, don't tell' can and should be repealed legislatively this year." The groups, ranging from the liberal Center for American Progress to the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans, plan to lobby the Senate this week to vote on the new bill.

Forty-seven senators are cosponsoring the bill, including Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). He is not expected to schedule a vote on it until next week at the earliest, a spokeswoman said.


  1. James says

    They clearly have 60 votes at this point so I don’t understand why Reid won’t schedule. I would love to know why he wants to wait until next week. Perhaps he wants to settle the tax bill first?

    It is refreshing to see it move through and pass the House so quickly. That is how it should be for an issue that should have been repealed long ago. I am shocked though that so many Republicans voted against it still. That is pure bigotry after the Pentagon report showed there would be no harm in lifiting the repeal.

    It just goes to show we still need to vote Democrat. The alternative is worse (and bigoted).

  2. BobN says

    Have you NOT been paying attention?

    The GOP has promised to block EVERYTHING until they get their freaking tax cut for the rich.

    There is no point in giving them a chance to block the repeal AGAIN.

  3. says

    Why is SLDN again going along with HRC’s and Winnie Stachelberg’s script that ONLY Senators be called about the repeal option bill and NOT the President? Do we need to ask Sen. Levin to explain to them why that bully pulpit he promised while seducing our votes is still so crucial? Barry can TIVO a couple of basketball games long enough to make some calls.

  4. Bruno says

    I don’t care if it’s tomorrow or early next week, as long as he’s going to schedule it. Which apparently he won’t commit to do yet, for whatever reason.

  5. tcw says

    @RYAN: not true. Senator Snowe conditioned her yes vote on the defense authorization bill (minus DADT) being voted on BEFORE the stand-alone DADT repeal. So Reid would be grasping defeat if he held the DADT vote earlier rather than later.

  6. Patric says

    Ridiculous comments, Josh and “The Realist”. Despite the talking points of Alexander Nicholson and the rest of the Log Cabin Republicans, Harry Reid is not now, and never has been, the problem when it comes to achieving Senate passage of a repeal bill. The problem is that over 80% of the Republican members of the Senate are adamantly opposed to repeal (because they recognize that, even with polls showing near 80% public support for repeal, blocking repeal is a win-win for them politically since (i) most of those 80% won’t have their votes influenced by this issue, (ii) the fundies who make up the Republican base will reward them and (iii) as if not more significantly, they will drive a wedge between the President and his base).

    As noted by Igor Volsky on, in order for this stand-alone legislation to have a shot at passing during the remaining days of the lame duck session, Senator Reid “will have to hold firm against Republican efforts to filibuster or attach amendments to the legislation. Under this scenario, the Senate bill would have to be identical to the House version or else it would have to return to the House for another vote.” Those will be the next tactics in the Republican efforts to derail repeal and we shouldn’t feel assured, despite their self-serving press releases designed to protect their own political hides, that Scott Brown or Lisa Murkowski or other allegedly “moderate” Republicans will do any differently than they did last Thursday when they supported a McCain/McConnell filibuster despite having announced their “support” (wink wink) for repeal. My hunch is that Brown and Murkowski and Snowe will ultimately break with McCain and McConnell on this issue because, especially in Brown’s case, it serves their political interests but, despite their press releases, we are not assured of that yet, so Senator Reid’s prudence on this issue is well warranted.

  7. walter says

    the senate is a bunch of tired old men who
    constantly stand in the way of progress unless voting raises more benefits or tax breaks for their wealthy friends. never do any good for the average person. do realize the billions
    saved by having a unicameral legislature. do away with the american version of the house of lords.

  8. adamblast says

    While I agree with Patric’s general analysis, I can’t help noting this is also another week for our foes: another week for dubious service chiefs to issue quotes, and another week for partisan arguments over process so “supporters” can bail over timing and/or demand more “compromise” to derail any perceived Democratic victory.

    The last two years generally, and the last 2 months specifically, have convinced me that politics trumps policy every time. I’d like nothing more than to eat my hat over this one.

  9. TruthSeeker_Too says

    The White House at 202-456-1414.

    Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): 202-224-6665 (says she supports repeal, but has pre-conditions on support for the stand-alone bill)

    Olympia Snowe (R-ME): 202-224-5344 (pre-conditions her support for repeal of DADT on passage of tax cuts and the continuing-spending resolution before she will vote for stand-alone repeal)

    Scott Brown (R-MA): 202-224-4543 (has preconditions before possibly voting for cloture on the stand-alone bill)

    Mark Kirk (R-IL): 202-224-2854 (no position)

    George Voinovich (R-OH): 202-224-3353 (no position)

    Richard Lugar (R-IN): 202-224-4814 (no position)

    Judd Gregg (R-NH): 202-224-3324 (no position)

    Kit Bond (R-MO): 202-224-5721 (no position)

    Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark); (202) 224-4843 – voted “NO” first time; missed 2nd cloture vote but says she is a supporter. Ask her to co-sponsor.

    Harry Reid (D-NV); (202) 224-3542) is a co-sponsor and as Majority Leader needs to call the bill so that a vote can even occur.

    Carl Levin (D-MI); (202) 224-6221 is a co-sponsor and our fierce advocate. Call him to say THANK YOU.

    While you’re at it, please call U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy (202) 225-4276 who championed our cause in the House (and lost his re-election bid because of it) for his service to our country and his unwavering commitment to repeal of DADT. We can never repay our debt to this honorable man.

    Susan Collins (R-ME); (202) 224-2523 is a co-sponsor and leading the GOP efforts

    Mark Pryor (D-Ark.); (202) 224-2353 – voted “NO” first time, but voted for cloture the 2nd time. Make sure he is on-board.

    –The Senate Switch Board (202) 224-3121 for anyone not listed above, including Traitor Joe Manchin—the only Dem senator to vote “NO” on the 2nd cloture who says that he would not have voted for cloture even if his was the 60th vote that Democrats needed.

  10. says

    Please don’t waste your time calling Harry Reid, he is on our side. You can call our other Senator, John Ensign at (702) 388-6605 or (202) 224-6244. His rep told me and others that he is for repeal, but, he goosesteps in line with the other Republicans.

    Btw, Michael Bedwell, your rants were tiresome last year and the year before that, what will you do when DADT is repealed, finally just say the real reason you hate Obama? You are worse than those old PUMA broads I used to kick it with back in the day.


    Las Vegas — The Stonewall Democratic Club of Southern Nevada salutes the 250 members of the US House of Representatives who voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the military’s 17 year old policy that bans gay service members from serving openly.

    Representative Shelley Berkley (CD-1) and Representative Dina Titus (CD-3) were among the 250 “yay” votes this afternoon. They showed that they have listened to the advice of military leadership, the voices of our brave men and women in the military and residents of Nevada with their support for repeal. Needless to say, Stonewall and the people of Nevada continue to be disappointed in and embarrassed by Representative Dean Heller (CD-2), who once again voted with Republican party leadership and ignored the will of the people. Rep. Heller has proved time and time again that he does not share or respect our values.

    The fate of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” now lies with the US Senate. It is up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to show us the same tenacious support we gave him during his reelection bid, and do all that he can to whip together the votes needed to repeal this embarrassing practice of institutional discrimination.

    Senator John Ensign will continue to receive daily phone calls, emails and office visits from our members and supporters in Nevada and Washington, DC until he votes for repeal. We hope that Sen. Ensign sees this as an opportunity to respect our troops and not an opportunity to score points with Republican primary voters in Nevada.

    “We are sick and tired of Senator John Ensign playing games with our soldiers and our national security. He has done us wrong and this is his last chance to make it right. DADT repeal will be coming up for a vote in the Senate again, and Senator Ensign must choose whether to support repeal and stand with the strong majority of Nevadans, or continue to play games with our lives by continuing to obstruct.

    The choice is his to make, but his political future is for us to decide. Senator Ensign, we’ll be watching you.” – Derek Washington, Chairman of Nevada’s largest LGBTQ political organization, Stonewall Democratic Club of Southern Nevada.


  11. marke says

    Harry Reid needs to understand that DADT repeal will decide whether Obama gets elected in 2012. Wake up, Harry. Millions of gay people and their friends won’t forgive you or Obama if you stuff this up.

  12. marke says

    Harry Reid will probably blunder his way through this in the same way as last week when he hastily called for a vote on the Defense Authorization Act, which included DADT repeal. Get out of the way, Harry. You’re a doddering old fool.

  13. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    Reid wants the resistance and subsequent right-wing reaction to get lost in the holiday noise next week. Maybe he knows the vacation schedule of the “personalities” at Faux News. Then in January somebody says “hey, look what happened over a week ago… oh well, the rage we’d want to whip-up has dissipated by now… just let it go.”

  14. Patric says

    “Harry Reid will probably blunder his way through this in the same way as last week when he hastily called for a vote on the Defense Authorization Act, which included DADT repeal.”

    Apparently you’re an expert on Senate procedures so tell us just how you answer the concern expressed by Senator Levin that, were a vote not held last week and had Senator Reid continued to be strung along by Republicans who never would have been satisfied with the number of amendments of amounts of speaking time he was offering them, by the time any bill might pass there would be no time left in the lame duck for the required conference committee with the House. None less than Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, recognized those very real and significant pressures when after last Thursday’s failed vote he expressed his approval of the Majority Leader’s calling of the vote, placing the blame for our failure squarely at the feet of those who have “held [the defense authorization bill] hostage for almost five months now [because they] want to put tax cuts first.” Perhaps it’s just easier for those who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about to fall back on the easy “It’s all Harry Reid’s fault!” meme.

    With the stand alone bill, which is proceeding in large part because of procedural accomodations made by Senator Reid, a conference committee won’t be necessary IF people like Brown, Snowe and Murkowski stand up to efforts by their Republican colleagues to torpedo the bill by amending it.

  15. Patric says

    TruthSeeker_Too, agree that Representative Patrick Murphy is so deserving of our thanks and support for the role he’s played in sheparing repeal efforts through the House. Enjoyed his interview on Rachel Maddow last evening and should point out again, as Rachel did last evening, that the Log Cabin Republican losers were instrumental in defeating him, having endorsed a Republican who refuses to commit to supporting repeal over a real hero like Representative Murphy. No surprise, really, when you consider the track records of the rest of the LCR darlings (Lingle, McDonnell, Djou, Brown, etc., etc.).

  16. Jeffrey in St. Louis says

    Kit Bond (R-MO) may claim ‘no position’ on this issue, but I can guarantee you that his plan is to vote against repeal if it ever comes to the floor.

    But maybe, just maybe, the fact that he’s retiring could provide a soft enough spot in that hard head of his that will cave to pressure if enough is applied.

    Go for it, folks.

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