Senate action on Defense bill with DADT ‘before the next recess are declining by the minute’

Okay, when the defense industry expresses concern, I think we know there’s a problem. It’s not like they don’t really know what’s going on up there on Capitol Hill. This, of course, presents huge problems for passing the compromise DADT language. Via Politico’s Morning Defense:

WILL THEY OR WON’T THEY? – The chances that the Senate will take up the National Defense Authorization Act before the next recess are declining by the minute; “contingency planning” is now the operative phrase. Defense industry and lobbying sources are scrambling to prepare for any number of possible courses of action that are dependent on congressional leadership, and, to some extent, election poll results.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS? – One Senate staffer’s bet: “Seventy percent is pretty good odds for the Senate to do anything, the staffer tells Morning Defense.

And, John McCain is playing politics with the defense bill:

McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan says the senator has not backed away from his objection to bringing the defense authorization bill to the floor.

Why won’t the Democratic leadership call his bluff? Yesterday, Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley, told Kerry Eleveld:

“Now that [McCain’s] primary is over,” Manley said, “hopefully he will allow us to go to the bill.”

Hopefully? We’re still fighting two wars and in the middle of an election campaign, John McCain is going to block a defense bill. I think even some GOPers would oppose that. But, someone has to stand up to him.

I hope the brain trust that concocted the DADT compromise is figuring out how to get it passed. Because, things are looking more grim by the day.


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