Thursday, December 16, 2010


Im not going to discuss politices with you. But I have been paying a of attention to this issue because of a class that I am in. And now this came up on the Ny times and I am....Im not saying political views but this intrigues me. 
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Bid to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask’ Law Draws Support in Senate
 WASHINGTON — Embattled and left for near dead last week, the effort to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military gained significant momentum on Thursday with three more Republican Senators agreeing to vote to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
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On Thursday evening, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said that the Senate would begin voting on the repeal on Saturday.
The repeal measure, approved Wednesday by the House, was originally tucked into a broader military policy bill, which failed when Senate Democrats found themselves unable to break a Republican filibuster last week. Returning quickly with a stand-alone bill seeking repeal, its supporters framed the new measure as a narrow civil rights matter and essentially challenged opponents to impede a vote.
By Thursday, Senator Susan Collins, the bill’s one Republican sponsor, had been joined by three other Republican senators — Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine — in supporting the measure.
“Senator Brown accepts the Pentagon’s recommendation to repeal the policy after proper preparations have been completed,” said Gail Gitcho, a spokeswoman for Mr. Brown. “If and when a clean repeal bill comes up for a vote, he will support it.”
Along with the backing of 54 Democrats and two independents, the Republican support is enough to push the measure to the necessary 60-vote threshold. Another Democrat who backs repeal, Ron Wyden of Oregon, announced Thursday that he would undergo surgery for prostate cancer on Monday and be absent for votes starting Friday. Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, has declined to support the measure.
The bill’s greatest obstacle is no longer votes, but the clock. The Senate is still working on other measures, including the New Start nuclear nonproliferation treaty before adjourning for Christmas, and Republicans have taken many steps to drag out action on those bills.
“All that will stop that repeal is a totally unacceptable refusal to bring our measure up in a timely way,” said Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, who pursued the stand-alone legislation with Ms. Collins.
Mr. Reid has threatened to reconvene after the holiday to finish remaining business before the new Congress is sworn in on Jan. 5. At that time Republicans will have more power in the Senate and will hold the majority in the House.
Two other Democratic priorities — a bill that would provide medical benefits for workers and others exposed to toxic materials at ground zero and an immigration bill that would have an impact on some children — seem doomed. The fact that they have fallen by the wayside could open up time to debate “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
But hurdles remain for the bill. Although Mr. Reid will try to avoid it, Republicans could call for amendments, which would delay a vote. Further, White House officials and Mr. Lieberman have suggested that some Republicans are threatening to block the New Start treaty if the military repeal goes forward. Such a maneuver “takes us way back to an earlier day when people used to do things like that to stop civil rights laws from passing,” Mr. Lieberman said.
The journey of the repeal measure was winding and unexpected. Supporters initially thought they could improve its chances by placing it into a large policy bill that provided raises for service members, among other things, that senators would never reject. That proved a poor calculation.
Turning the measure into a stand-alone bill put a spotlight on senators who had rejected the earlier measure because of procedural objections, creating a potential embarrassment for “no” voters.
“What was once considered vulnerability is now a huge driving force that created the momentum that we now have,” said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign.

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