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House Expected to Vote Tomorrow on Bill to Repeal 'DADT'


As a follow-up to my earlier update, Igor Volsky at The Wonk Room reports:

Hoyer "House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) will introduce a stand-alone DADT repeal bill that he will co-sponsor and bring to the House floor in short order. The legislation will be identical to the measure offered by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) after the Senate failed to proceed to the National Defense Authorization Act last week and will include the same repeal language contained in the NDAA, which passed the House in May."

NBC's Jesse Rodriguez tweeted this morning that formal introduction of the bill in the House will take place at noon.

SLDN writes, in a statement:

“We applaud House Speaker Pelosi, Reps. Hoyer and Murphy for their extraordinary leadership in the waning hours of the lame-duck session. Let’s be clear: we’ll still need 60 votes in the Senate.  This ‘privileged’ House bill will need to pass the full House and then move to the Senate.  While we avoid a cloture vote to proceed and save time on the Senate floor, we’ll still need 60 votes to complete the bill and send it directly to the President’s desk.  Repeal supporters need to contact their House member to vote for repeal tomorrow.  We also need to keep the pressure on the Senate and not relent.  Time remains the enemy and Senators need to complete the bill before leaving for holiday vacation.  Get on the phone and help hold the frontlines."

Target Senators (Senate switchboard # is (202) 224-3121:

--Susan Collins (R-ME);--Olympia Snowe (R-ME);--Richard Lugar (R-IN);--Judd Gregg (R-NH);--Scott Brown (R-MA);--George Voinovich (R-OH);--Kit Bond (R-MO);--Lisa Murkowski (R-AK);--Mark Kirk (R-IL);--And the sole unpersuaded Democrat: Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Lawrence O'Donnell speculated about the proposed legislation last night.


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  1. Whatever. The same bigoted senators that voted against it before are still there. In the next congress it will have a snowball's chance in hell of passing. I don't know what gives it any better chance of passing now that it's not attached to very necessary appropriations legislation. Obama delayed DADT repeal. He insisted on hateful surveys being done and then delaying the results being released. Then he does almost nothing to get it repealed. It could have been over with an unconstitutional ruling and his Dept. of Justice appealed that decision resurrecting it. This is Obama's shameful legacy of failure in the civil rights issue of our time.

    Posted by: BradB | Dec 14, 2010 11:58:55 AM

  2. Once again, SLDN shamelessly chooses to give the one person with the most power to influence passage a pass: the President.

    "Led by Joe Solmonese of Human Right Campaign and Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemen's [sic] Legal Defense Network, gay leaders have been tripping over themselves to protect President Obama from blame for not making the promised progress on gay equality. Solmonese and Sarvis are the faces of the most expensive failed gay campaign in history. ... for this failed strategy, they should be judged harshly.

    ...In early 2009 [actually November 2008-mlb], Sarvis sent a strong message to his Democratic friends that it wasn't the right time for the Democratic Party to take up gay issues yet. He told the Washington Times that waiting until at least 2010 for some LGBT victories made sense. ‘Where does don't ask, don't tell fall in all this?', Sarvis asked. ‘I would say it is not in the top five priorities of national issues’. His Board should have fired him on the spot. ...We can do better and we should start by demanding Solmonese's and Sarvis' resignations." - Richard Grenell. "The Huffington Post."

    Posted by: | Dec 14, 2010 1:21:26 PM

  3. We should not cave to evil and injustice, and DADT is just one American policy that must be abandoned immediately.

    Posted by: JJ | Dec 14, 2010 1:42:59 PM

  4. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow!

    Posted by: Bobby | Dec 14, 2010 1:54:22 PM

  5. This queer nation needs a political revolution.

    Posted by: the greasybear | Dec 14, 2010 3:23:29 PM

  6. BRADB is wrong. Ever since the beginning of this month when the DADT report was released (and even sometime before then), the ONLY chance for a DADT repeal has been as a standalone bill. Even if the Defense Authorization bill had been passed last week (complete with a DADT repeal), the Defense Authorization would still have to have been reconciled with the House version of that bill. (And yes, there ARE differences). Senator Carl Levin made the point last week that, over the past several years, a DA reconciliation has taken an average of 75 days to complete. So the DA bill would have died before end-of-year anyway, punting it to the new Congress in January for a complete rewrite, from scratch. So the events we watched last week were a complete circus. Only when Liebermann and Collins introduced the standalone version did DADT repeal have its fist chance this month. I don't know why the DADT repeal supporters were pushing so hard last week for a bill that had zero chance of becomin law, other than that they were just completely clueless.

    Posted by: Daniel Burosh | Dec 14, 2010 5:49:28 PM

  7. Not just the queer nation needs a revolution... the entire nation needs a revolution. Think climate change, think jobs, think Wall St., think dependence on oil, think education, think wars we can't win despite the largest defense budget imaginable... I can't think of one thing that is significantly better, but I can think of plenty that are leading us to status as a second-class nation.

    Posted by: John | Dec 15, 2010 5:58:39 AM

  8. Thanks Obama;
    I knew it! Look back to what Obama said before the election. (Gitmo) springs quickly to mind.

    I'm no right-wing, but regardless of what happends, Obama does NOT deserve out vote.

    Remember what he had Alder do? The A.G. went to Federal Court to STOP DADT.

    It failed in the Defence Bill. How can anyone believe a HOT issue like DADT can be overturned?? Yet alone in a Nutty Congress?

    After the new Congress, I bet he will try to court the gay vote again. "This will end on my watch" HOW??? The Courts?

    I've never seen any bill that "might" get through Congress,the Senate & signed in less than a month.

    Yup, this baby will end...NOT by Obama, but through the courts, and if anyone thinks one Federal Judges can overturn this mess, you're wrong. Like Prop 8, I fear this will "slowly" move to the Supreme Court.

    Thanks Obama !!

    Posted by: JM | Dec 15, 2010 10:17:58 AM

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