Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) Announces Support of ‘DADT’ Repeal

Senator Mark Pryor just raised his hand for repeal of 'DADT':

Pryor "On many previous occasions, I have said that I would oppose repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until I had heard from our servicemen and women regarding this policy. I have now carefully reviewed all of the findings, reports, and testimony from our armed forces on this matter and I accept the Pentagon’s recommendations to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I also accept the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs’ commitment that this policy can be implemented in a manner that does not harm our military’s readiness, recruitment, or retention. We have the strongest military in the world and we will continue to do so by ensuring our troops have the resources necessary to carry out their missions. Therefore, I support the 2011 Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee and will support procedural measures to bring it to a vote this year."

Via Americablog. They write: "We still need a couple of Republicans, but this feels like momentum."

OVernight rumblings from media and advocacy groups suggest that the Senate could take up 'DADT' repeal as early as this evening.

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  1. Mike says

    Glad he finally came around… this is great news for equality, the military, and the USA. I think this augurs well for DADT… if there were no chance of bringing it up for a vote, I doubt he would announce his support and stick his neck out there given his state’s politics.

    I wonder if the tax compromise backlash will end up being good for DADT’s passage… I’m sure the White House is eager to throw some red meat to the base right about now.

  2. Reluctantly Derrick from Philly says

    Wonderful. Pryor is one of the conservative Democratic Senators and they are the reason that Obama has made his disappointing turn to the right of center (very disappointing). But atleast this is good news. Now, if Landrieu of Louisiana, Webb of Virginia, Nelson of Nebraska and a few civilized Republicans go along…well, this will be atleast one sensible policy change before the Dark Ages of Right Wing Rule in the Congress begin again.

  3. Kayla says

    The Repubs got their millionaire tax cuts! I would hope the Dems could muster a few R votes on DADT in return, otherwise they should just pack it up right now and go the heck home!!

  4. Chitown Kev says

    @Reluctantly Derrick from Philly

    All the Senators that you listed voted for cloture.

    The only dems that didn’t vote for cloture when the vote was taken were Pryor and Blacnhe Lincoln. Oh, and Harry reid, but that was a procedural thang.

    You are correct that we need a few Rethugs to go along. Scott Brown has already indicated that he is for it. Susan Collins is a probable but all that depends on which. way the wind blows.

    The other Dem that we need to worry about is Joe Manchin from West Virginia.

  5. Patric says

    ” . . . and will support procedural measures to bring it to a vote this year.”

    To all those who were fawning over Scott Brown last week after he issued his press release, THIS is what we still haven’t heard from him or from Collins. Brown has voted against us on the two occasions thus far that he had the opportunity to stand up for repeal (in May and in September) and, until he votes for cloture, all his statement last week represents is a politically-motivated effort to enhance his 2012 electoral fortunes in a very blue state. If he stands up to Mitch McConnel and John McCain and votes for cloture, that will be a welcome development but he has not committed to doing so. After all, Collins has been saying for months (even before issuance of the Defense Department study) that she supports repeal but that didn’t stop her from supporting the September filibuster which blocked approval of conditional repeal at that point. It’s still entirely possible that Brown will join in the Republican efforts to block a vote but then tell all of the gullible out there that he “supported” repeal (wink wink) but that it’s all Harry Reid’s fault why he had to vote for a filibuster.

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