Levin, Lieberman, Murphy ask White House for ‘official views’ on DADT repeal proposal

Okay. A lot is happening today. Late this afternoon, the three key legislators working to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (Senator Levin, Senator Lieberman and Rep. Patrick Murphy) asked the White House for its “official views” on the compromise bill to repeal the law. That letter is below. We can now expect a response from the White House, probably tonight. It looks like the proposal outlined by Kerry Eleveld is what is under consideration. John will have more on that shortly. We’re waiting to hear what Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and Servicemembers United think about this proposal. This is literally about their lives, so their opinions matter more than other gay advocacy groups.

Rep. Murphy has to submit the language of his amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization to the House Rules Committee by 5:00 PM tomorrow night. The Rules Committee determines the parameters of floor debate including which amendments will get a floor votes. For the Defense bill, Rules will meet on Wednesday at 1:00 PM. Floor debate should take place on Thursday. The Senate Armed Services Committee, which Levin chairs, will mark up the Senate version of the bill later this week, too. Lieberman and Levin will be attempting to amend the DADT repeal language in Committee.

Letter to Obama asking for "official views" on DADT repeal http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf

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