DADT Current News
Both these pieces are via DC Agenda. As I’ve said before, the repeal of DADT is a time sensitive event and some changes are taking shape. Is repeal a certainty in the upcoming weeks? Far from it. Just the same, some things are developing.
These are lead-in’s on both stories – Click the links for the full copy.
Congress Nears Key Votes on DADT:
As crucial votes loom on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the House and Senate, supporters of repeal are stepping up pressure on lawmakers to act this year.
During the week of May 24, the Senate Armed Services Committee is set to consider major defense budget legislation. Opponents of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are expecting Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) to introduce a measure to overturn the law as part of the consideration of the defense authorization bill.
House Considering Delayed “Don’t Ask” Measure:
House lawmakers are weighing the possibility of passing delayed implementation legislation as a way to accomplish repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year, according to an opponent of the law in Congress.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) — a co-sponsor of repeal legislation in the House and member of the House Armed Services Committee — told the Blade in a brief exchange Wednesday that among the options House members are considering is a measure Congress would pass this year that wouldn’t stop discharges in the U.S. military until later.
Asked whether lawmakers are discussing such a measure as an amendment to pending defense authorization legislation for the Pentagon’s budget, Sanchez replied, “We’re certainly looking at that.”
Sanchez said H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act — standalone legislation sponsored by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) that would overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — may not be the legislation that comes to the House floor.