DADT vote may come this week
It looks like there will be a vote on “don’t ask, don’t tell” in at least one chamber of Congress before the week is out:
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) advocacy group, said it expects a vote to come up Thursday on an amendment to a defense authorization bill that would end the military’s long-standing prohibition on gay and lesbian servicemembers serving openly in the military.
HRC said Monday that it expects the amendment to come up for a vote concurrently on Thursday, one time on the House floor and one time in the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The group is focusing on six key centrists — five Democrats and one Republican — who sit on the Senate committee ahead of the vote. The target senators are Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Jim Webb (D-Va.), and Scott Brown (R-Mass.).
Democrats have the majorities in both chambers to make this happen, after months of dawdling around on the issue. This is a segment on their base that they need to turnout in November. There are no excuses for not getting this passed.