Senate Has 61 Votes Committed to ‘DADT’ Repeal

Senator Scott Brown's announced support of a stand-alone bill to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" pushes support, on paper, over the 60-vote threshold, ABC News reports:

Scottbrown "Brown’s backing means that – on paper – supporters of the repeal have 61 senators in favor of the bill. On Wednesday Republicans Olympia Snowe of Maine and Lisa Murkowski both announced their support for the stand-alone repeal. The House passed the clean repeal on Wednesday and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to bring it to a vote in the Senate before the end of the year."

Said Reid on Wednesday night: "The time for action is now. We plan on considering the stand-alone bill to repeal 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' which was sent over by the House. But let me be clear. We are very quickly running out of days in this Congress. The time for week-long negotiations on amendments and requests for days of debate is over. Republican Senators who favor repealing this discriminatory policy need to join with us now to stand against those who are trying to run out the clock on this Congress."

Americablog wants Reid to stop freaking out about "time" given the Senate's recent 3-day weekend.


  1. Steve says

    The PEOPLE elected you clowns to work on our behalf, so if it’s inconvenient to work a little harder to pass DADT, that’s just too bad. If you want 9-to-5, work somewhere else.

  2. LincolnLounger says

    Reid could have passed this a long time ago and is running out of excuses. I fear that Reid is setting this thing up for failure.

  3. Sam says

    This is going to happen. If it doesn’t, it will absolutely prove that Congress is out of its mind. If it doesn’t happen, I think gays might have to take to the streets, and I’m not talking about a dozen here or there. There is absolutely no reason for this to be delayed. 61 votes is not just a majority, it’s a mandate that this is the right thing to do.

  4. Jim says

    Will they DO IT already!!! This is such a no brainer! I’m sick of this country having our heads up our ass! Change takes time, but let’s get on with it, it’s the 21st Century! America is going to be taking a back seat to China if we don’t get the lead out!

  5. candide says

    Had a great dream last night where Nancy Pelosi gave me a magnum of French champagne given to her by the French ambassador. I put it in the refrigerator for later.

    If this passes the damn Senate je me prends une sacrée cuite.

  6. yonkersconquers says

    It’s beyond time for repeal. We’re all watching this closely. Too much is riding on it. The Dems better not flub this now.

  7. says


    the only way then for it to fail is a few senators to go on xmas break or some such and just not show up for the vote

    Many don’t show up for tons of votes soooooooooooooooo???????????????

    The longer reid delays in setting a date the more likely a crucial 2 votes will be at the dentist office or some such

  8. sugarrhill says

    You dumb-asses need to stop blaming Reid. He trying to make sure that when this goes up for a vote it doesn’t it doesn’t fail. And that means shoring up support from Republicans that will buck their party. it’s is not an easy feat or a done deal. Have you not noticed that Senate Republicans are obstructionists? And they’d relish the defeat of this bill because they now that Dem supporters won’t blame them- they’ll blame the Democrats. The only party that has fought this tooth and nail are Republicans. Please remember that. Look at the numbers. it shouldn’t be so hard to pass what should be bi-partisan bill, but it is because it isn’t bi-partisan.

  9. Patric says

    Typical comment from you, LincolnLounger, in defense of all things Republican. So tell us just how Senator Reid “could have passed this a long time ago” when the Republicans have made clear that it won’t move forward without 60 votes for cloture and LCR darlings Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe and Lisa Murkowski, despite their self-serving press releases designed to protect their own political hides by convincing the gullible that, really, really, they do support repeal, have repeatedly voted against it (in Brown’s case, three times this year!). Just how is it that Senator Reid “could have passed this a long time ago” when allegedly “moderate” members of your party are acting this way? And, if you want to hide behind bogus arguments about process and the Republicans just needing a little more time for a few more amendments, (a) McCain and McConnell could have no better ally in their efforts to run out the clock and kill this than you and (b) Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, answered that crap perfectly last week when he expressed his approval of Senator Reid’s calling of a vote on this issue last Thursday before he’d satisfied all of Susan Collins’s unsatisfiable demands, placing the blame for our failures 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.”

    Or perhaps this predictable bit of defending Republicans is as bogus as your incredible statement last week that Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe need not be worried about conservative reaction – since, according to you, there aren’t many in Maine’s Republican Party! – in posturing on this issue.

    As for Americablog, it is operated by a former aide to right-wing Republican Ted Stevens and, while he has more recently been involved in progressive causes, his blog has become a haven for those who believe that everything wrong in the world is the fault of the President and Senator Reid, so Aravosis is playing to his audience. That would be fine if the point he were making were a valid one but here it is not since the threats to repeal posed by timing concerns are completely the result of tactics being employed by Republicans around which Senator Reid has been attempting to maneuver. Regarding the particular accusation made today, first they should note the hedged language included in Scott Brown’s most recent statement of “support” for repeal of DADT: “If and when a clean repeal bill comes up for a vote, he will support it,” said Brown spokesperson Gail Gitcho.” Well, obviously, McCain and McConnell & Co. are going to do everything in their power to ensure that “a clean repeal bill” does not “come up for a vote”. Will Brown resist any efforts to doom the bill by amending it? Will he commit to vote for cloture? These are the questions Americablog should be asking. As for Senator Reid’s statements about timing, if they’d listened carefully they’d know that Senator Reid has been the one saying that the Senate will work through January 4 if necessary to complete its business, specifically acknowledging that most people in this country will be working between Christmas and New Year’s, while it has been the Republicans who’ve attacked Senator Reid for offending Christians by proposing that the Senate work around the holidays. So when Americablog notes that “Reid has warned that bringing the bill to a vote in the Senate is not an issue of support, but rather of time,” they are correct and we should thank him for being on top of the Republican efforts to run out the clock on our repeal efforts. As for Americablog’s suggestion that Senator Reid could have scheduled the Senate’s vote on the stand-alone repeal bill sometime between “last Friday until Monday afternoon”, (a) the House hadn’t even voted on the bill at that point so that wouldn’t have worked under the rules applicable to the procedure being used to advance the stand-alone bill and (b) Olympia Snowe has made clear that her support for the stand-alone bill is conditioned on prior passage of the defense authorization bill. As for Americablog’s suggestion that it is “some Democrat” claiming that there may not be enough time to pass the stand-alone bill, as noted above it was Senator Reid who responded yesterday to Republican stalling tactics by making clear that the Senate will work through January 4 if need be to get its work done while it is Republicans who want to kill DADT repeal, START, the Dream Act, the 9/11 bill, etc., etc. who’ve attacked him for being anti-Christian as a result. Far be it from me, though, to interrupt the irresistible “Harry Reid is trying to kill this bill” narrative!

  10. sugarrhill says

    Thank you, Patric! reading the comments section of this site you realize that most Americans don’t know how their government works. Another sign that education in this country has gone down the shitter.

  11. sysm29 says

    I think on Saturday, the discriminatory ban on gay soldiers will be repealed by the Senate and the President will sign it into law before Christmas. It is long overdue. With a supportive military establishment, we will see a policy of official non-discrimination for the first time in our military. We will be able to communicate with gay soldiers serving in the military for the first time – they can speak openly in the media. No longer silenced in shame, gay soldiers will now be able to say: I’m an American soldier and I am gay – and that is a sea change in visibility and acceptance of gay people in American life.