Wednesday, December 15, 2010

House passes standalone "don't ask don't tell" repeal, Senate may have enough votes now

The House of Representatives has passed the standalone repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”. Here is the SLDN press release, link, a joint statement from Center for American Progress Action Fund, Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans, Stonewall Democrats, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Servicemembers United, and Third Way.  The House vote was 250-175.

In the House, Rep Patrick Murphy had introduced the bill as HR 6520, “Don’t Ask Don’ Tell Act of 2010”, very prosaic, govtrack link (website url) here.

The text of the bill is about two pages; the link is at govtrack. The bill is based on the language embedded originally in the Defense Reauthorization Act back in May 2010.

The Huffington Post ("Hot Air") was reporting Wednesday evening that the Senate has enough votes for the repeal, link here,  according to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer D-MD. It would require 60 votes to pass.  On AC360, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) said there were 62 votes. Anderson noted that the Senate has had 87 filibusters this year, but Democrats have participated in them.

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