Pelosi: If Senate Sends Me Stand-Alone ‘DADT’ Bill, I’ll Get It Passed

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if the Senate can pass a stand-alone bill to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", such as the one Joe Lieberman announced he was introducing yesterday, she will get it passed in the House.

Talking Points Memo reports: Pelosi

"An army of allies stands ready in the House to pass a standalone repeal of the discriminatory policy once the Senate acts," Pelosi said in a statement to reporters.


Under the rules of the House, where Democrats still have an overwhelming majority until Jan. 5, bringing the bill to the floor is much easier. The way the system works in the House could allow Pelosi to bring a Senate bill to the House floor and pass it in a matter of hours, making the pressure of the condensed legislative calendar much less of a factor there than it is in the Senate.

In her statement, Pelosi made it clear that she's prepared to move a bill if she gets it.

"Since the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' has broad support among Senators, our troops, and the American people, it is my hope that that the Senate will move forward with an alternative legislative method," she said. "The bipartisan proposal from Senators Lieberman and Collins provides renewed hope that progress is still possible in the Senate."

Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show, SLDN executive director Aubrey Sarvis said that S4022, the bill that Lieberman is introducing, has a "good chance" of passing in the Senate.


  1. K in VA says

    Remember, before you get your hopes up too high, that there are scads of things the Republicans could do to delay a vote until it’s too late.

    And don’t think they wouldn’t do those things. If DADT repeal fails, the Democratic base is unhappy and the Republican base is elated, and the GOP has a double win.

    But don’t let pesky reality get in the way of pushing your senators to work and vote for repeal. Even if you’re represented by a Republican bigot, give him/her a call and push for an historical vote for civil rights.

  2. Tank says

    Pelosi is a c*nt and I can’t wait for her to be forced out in January. This is all her fault. And Obama’s. And Reid’s. They left this till the last minute and then… SURPRISE!

  3. John says

    @Justice et al

    I agree.

    Pelosi is the only federal Democrat with a spine. And because no good deed goes unpunished, the American people fired her ass and decided to keep the hapless Harry Reid around instead.

    Of course.

  4. TommyOC says

    Stop the Pelosi love. She’s just as ineffective as the rest of the Dem leadership.

    This ‘guarantee’ that she’ll get the repeal out of the House should the Senate bring it to her has nothing to do with her leadership abilities. With an untouchable majority in the House, the Dems have had pretty much had their way with passing whatever they wanted. They’ll definitely get an easy passage considering this is a congressperson’s best chance to secure the gay vote before 2012. Pelosi could present a flaming pile of poo for passage and it would get done if it would help their cause in that regard.

    The one woman you should be applauding in Congress right now is Susan Collins. A Republican. Voting FOR our rights. Yay.

    On the bill itself, it’s always boggled me that the Democrats refused to pass this in a standalone bill. That they would bundle it into their Defense Auth bill and use it as leverage to get passed several broader and unrelated provisions is just insulting to me.

  5. Fenrox says

    WOW. God damn it people, when will it sink in that you should REMEMBER the actions of people and JUDGE them LATER. How many times are you going to ride this roller coaster?

    The current model of psycho hyperbolic reactions to every news item really just plays into the Republican machine.

    Everyone needs to take a step back, gain perspective of the process and people involved and let the damn thing play out. If you can affect the outcome, DO IT, if you can’t AT LEAST hold all your pithy blame-game bullshit for later when it will be clear who is at fault.

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