Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stick Around; This Could Get Interesting

There is still a chance that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell could be repealed during this Congress.

A House Democrat on Tuesday will introduce standalone legislation to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service members in a last-ditch attempt to get rid of the policy.

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) — a longtime supporter of repeal — will introduce the legislation, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced at his daily press briefing and on Twitter. Hoyer also said he would co-sponsor the bill.

“I’m hopeful that it will pass handily through the House,” Hoyer told reporters at the Capitol Tuesday, “and then I’m hopeful that the Senate will take it up.”

Last week, DADT was a part of the defense bill, but it got filibustered by the Republicans, and despite the fact that just about everyone that matters from both sides of the aisle were in favor of the repeal, it still died thanks to the homophobia of John McCain. Now it’s got a chance if the Senate can get its act together. Well, here’s hoping, at any rate.

This seems to be a part of a larger strategy on the part of Majority Leader Harry Reid; keep the Senate in session until all the work is done. Mr. Reid reminded the Senate that the term doesn’t end until January 4, which means that all those senators and staffers who are from other places in the country, like Florida and Colorado and Michigan and New Mexico, could find out how lovely the nation’s capital is at Christmas.