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Politics & Pop Culture from a homocon.
DADT Passes the House. . . Again
Yesterday, A stand alone version of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 250-175. What is significant about this vote, is that when the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 first came up in the House back in May, only nine Republicans voted for the measure. Yesterday, there were 15 GOP House members who supported a straight up repeal of DADT.
While not a large number, it is still an increase. Please take a moment to read the name of Log Cabin Republicans allies who voted for H.R. 6520:
|– Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL)||– Representative David Dreier (R-CA)|
|– Representative Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)||– Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)|
|– Representative John Campbell (R-CA)||– Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ)|
|– Representative Anh ‘Joseph’ Cao (R-LA)||– Representative Ron Paul (R-TX)|
|– Representative Mike Castle (R-DE)||– Representative Todd Platts (R-PA)|
|– Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA)||– Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA)|
|– Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)||– Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)|
|– Representative Charles Djou (R-HI)|
We now once again wait on action in the Senate.
We have a handful of Senators who are supportive, depending on the process. So once again, it depends on how Majority Leader Harry Reid brings this to the floor. He’s already fucked it up twice.
As I wrote in my Washington Blade editorial last week, below are the Senators who have signalled their support for repeal of DADT.
|– Senator Scott Brown (R-MA)||– Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)|
|– Senator John Ensign (R-NV)||– Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)|
|– Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)||– Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)*|
* Senator Snowe came on board yesterday.
I believe the final hurdle for passage is the spending bill for FY11. The Senate has already passed the tax bill compromise. Now we must see if they will offer a Continuing Resolution, to fuind the government for a short period, or throw a monkey wrench into the system with this earmarked-ladent omnibus bill.
A CR would quickly go the President for his signature, while the omnibus would drag on and have to go to the House before the President could sign.
There are only so many days left in this calendar year. So if Harry Reid really wants to repeal DADT, he needs to stop playing politics. We has the votes if Reid does the right thing. I still can see repeal from my front porch.