Today, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), the House champion of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) repeal, introduced legislation that mirrors companion legislation in the Senate to repeal the discriminatory and unconstitutional policy.
Legislation is now awaiting congressional action in both chambers of Congress. Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) companion measure in the Senate (S. 4023) now has the bipartisan support of 41 senators.
The House could vote as early as tomorrow on its DADT standalone bill. The legislation would then go to the Senate. Timing in the Senate is much less certain at this point, but it is looking like there is at least a fighting chance that DADT repeal could become law before the end of the year.
That's from Ian Thompson's "DADT Repeal Bills Await Congressional Action" (ACLU Blog of Rights) and the House passed this today. The Senate? Gail Russell Chaddock (Christian Science Monitor) reports:
But little appears to have changed in the Senate, with Democrats still looking for three Republican votes to get to 60, since Democrats hold only 58 seats and Sen. Joe Manchin (D) of West Virginia voted against repeal last week.
Sen. Susan Collins (R) of Maine voted for repeal last week, and she could be joined by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) of Maine this time. But it does not appear that Senate majority leader Harry Reid has made any headway on persuading moderate Republican Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts or Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to vote in favor of a repeal. Even if he does, Senator Reid is running short on time.
Here is the roll call vote for the House from Washington Post -- and Democrats are in normal type, Republicans are in italics. That's not written on the listing anywhere that I could find and it took forever for me to figure that out. (No great brain here.)
What's going to happen in the Senate? It doesn't look good, does it? Scott Wong (Politico) reports:
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"