Yesterday, Senator Harry Reid announced the Senate floor schedule for this week – much to our disappointment, the schedule did not include discussion of the defense bill where the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is attached. Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin raised concerns that the bill was not scheduled to be addressed this week due to Republican obstructionism. Over the weekend, Senator Reid said he is still trying to work out the time agreement for the defense spending bill, but Republicans want to deal with taxes first. Before advancing the defense spending bill, Democratic leadership wants to ensure that they have 60 votes to overcome a likely filibuster from Senator John McCain.
In response to these recent events, our friends at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network issued the following statement:
“The National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the [DADT] repeal provisions, must be called up in the Senate, debated, and passed before Congress leaves for the year. If the 42 GOP senators -- including several who support repeal of 'Don't Ask' -- put process and procedure and tax cuts first, their continued delays and political jockeying will be an endorsement of the discrimination that has cost 14,000 men and women their jobs and threatened our country's national security by discharging mission-critical service members,” said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
In order to ensure that the defense spending bill is considered before the Senate adjourns, it is imperative that we continue to ask our Senators to press for a vote on the bill, and urge them to support DADT repeal. In these last few days of the Lame Duck Session, timing is critical. Please take a moment to call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202-224-312) today and ask to be patched through to your Senators’ offices. If you don’t know who your senators are, please click here to access our action alert center and type in your zip code to locate them. Thanks for helping to move equality forward!