I asked Harry Reid today about whether DADT repeal was going to be in the Def Authorization bill this year

Today, John and I were at the 4th annual Senate Democratic Progressive Media Summit. I got the chance to ask Majority Leader Harry Reid a question about the process for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Reid said repeal supporters were going to try to add the repeal language to the Defense Authorization bill in Committee. If not, he said there would be an amendment on the floor. Frankly, that’s not good enough.

NOTE FROM JOHN: We need our friends to use the process to our advantage. We need them to ensure that the repeal is added in the bill from the git-go, in the chairman’s mark, so that we force repeal foes to remove it – so that we force Democrats on the committee to choose whether to cast an anti-gay vote against their chairman, against the president. If an amendment is offered on the Senate floor it will be filibustered – adding it into the chairman’s bill early on helps to make it harder for the GOP to filibuster, it forces them to filibuster the entire Defense bill, an unlikely prospect.

Unfortunately, the President isn’t helping. The White House is even refusing to say that they’d like to see DADT repealed this year. So much for the State of the Union. The President’s word is so far just words.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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