A Senior Democratic leadership aide has leaked that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will schedule a vote next week on major defense budget legislation that contains “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal language, regardless of any objection from members of the U.S. Senate (Most probably because they have been pushed into a corner by combination of the recent ruling by a Federal Court judge that DADT is unconstitutional, major pressure by Americans Gay and Straight and Lady Gaga!)
A senior Democratic leadership aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Reid met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday to inform the Republican leader that the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill will come to the Senate floor the week of Sept. 20. The aide said Senate leadership is anticipating the Senate won’t have unanimous consent to bring the legislation to the floor, so 60 votes will be necessary to end a filibuster and move forward with debate on the bill. “We are going to take it the floor next week to see where the votes are,” the aide said.
As for not having the votes. I would like to know what the HELL. Senator Dick Durbin Senate Majority whip has been doing the past 6 months. And as far as the Democrats constant whining that this is a heavy issue, despite the fact that over 75 percent of America wants DADT repealed perhaps they should get their heads out of their collective asses and realize that they might GAIN political capital by doing it, and also gain a wedge issue to use against the Republicans in the run up to November.
It;s time for Obama, Reid, and the Democrats to man up and actually do SOMETHING if they value thier political careers and this country.