Counting the votes: Enough to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'?
It appears as if Democrats will rally enough votes in the House to pass a repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.' The situation in the Senate is less clear, though the bill seems set to get through committee.
Even as House Republicans prepare to mount a forceful defense of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which bans gays from the military, analysts say it’s likely the repeal amendment will pass in the House.Skip to next paragraph
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Congress may vote as early as Thursday on an amendment by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) of Pennsylvania to the Defense Authorization Bill, which would reverse the ban on gays in the military but delay repeal implementation until the Pentagon finishes its review of the proposed measure.
Many Republican lawmakers – including some of the GOP’s leading voices on defense – are poised to vote against the repeal.
Counting the votes: Enough to pass?
“The secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff asked Congress to respect the process they developed to study the ramifications of repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ ” Congressman McKeon said in a statement. “Republicans in the House feel we have a duty to honor that request…”
“This 'don’t ask, don’t tell' issue, they’re going to try to jam that through without even trying to figure out what the impact on battle effectiveness would be,” Senator McCain said on Arizona’s KBLU radio.
Sen. Scott Brown (R) of Massachusetts, seen as a potential swing vote because he is a Republican who represents the Democratic-leaning state of Massachusetts, has also said he would vote against the repeal.
Although Republicans have said they would not ask their members to vote along party lines, there is speculation that they may vote as a bloc against the bill, which had bipartisan support in committee.
Still, analysts say the repeal amendment is likely to pass in the House.