House is now debating the Rule for the DADT standalone bill

UPDATE @ 2:59 PM: The House just passed the rule by a vote of 232 – 180. Two GOPers voted yes. Twelve Democrats voted no. Twenty-one members (12 D/9 R) didn’t vote. The House will be taking a couple of other votes before beginning debate on the actual standalone DADT bill, H.R. 2965.
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In the House, before a bill is debated and voted upon, a rule setting the parameters of the debate must pass. The House is currently debating, H.Res. 1764, the Rule for the DADT standalone bill. One good thing about this rule is that there won’t be a motion to recommit. That’s a procedural tactic, which has been used to great effect by the House Republicans.

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is leading the debate for our side. She’s an amazing ally — and my Congresswoman.

There’s an hour of debate, evenly divided on the rule. After the rule passes, which usually happens along a party line vote, the House will proceed to the actual bill, HR 2965.

The debate on the Rule will give the homophobes in Congress a chance to spew their venom.

You can watch the debate on CSPAN, CSPAN online and also online here at the House website. And, SLDN is livetweeting the proceedings.


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