The Nevada Republican tells the Washington Blade:
“The problem is you can’t go out and say to the military chiefs, ‘We’re going to survey you and see what you all think,’ and then you pass the bill to repeal it. So the study should come first and then you can talk about the repeal or not of ['Don't Ask, Don't Tell']. So, yes, it is a concern simply because the study’s not done.”
As for the timeline of the bill and/or a possible filibuster:
“First of all, we’re not going to do the bill right now. We’ll see whether we do it before we leave in October or after we leave….There’s other problems in the bill as well, so I don’t know [about a filibuster]. We’re just going to have to wait and see [under] what conditions the bill is brought up and if they keep the language in there.”
Not to be forgotten — this is a man facing a criminal investigation with regard to an affair with a staffer.