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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Schedules Senate Vote On DADT For Next Week

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the Democrats constant whining that this is a heavy issue, despite the fact that over 75 percent of America wants DADT repealed perhaps they should get their heads out of their collective asses and realize that they might GAIN political capital by doing it, and also gain a wedge issue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.

Time is Running Out On DADT Repeal Passage. If It Doesn’t Make It To The Floor And Pass, DON’T VOTE In November!

According to Politico “The chances that the Senate will take up the National Defense Authorization Act (which includes the sort of DADT Repeal) 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. One Senate staffer’s bet: “Seventy percent is pretty good odds for the Senate to do anything, the staffer tells Morning Defense”

With Republican obstruction at every turn it literally is all up to Harry Reid at the moment to get National Defense Authorization Act/DADT Repeal up on the floor and passed before the midterm elections where the Democrats seem almost certain to lose their majority status. (Which they don;t know how to use anyway it seems) 

Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley has said  “It’s on the list of things we would like to do in the next few weeks,”

“Like to do”?  I’d like to do a lot but can’t. And with you in charge it seems like I will never be able to do anything because you can’t get your own house in order Harry and we the people are suffering because of it. 

The Democrats had so much power once Obama entered office. Unfortunately they floundered by trying to stupidly work with the Republicans and not play hardball with their own “conservative” Blue Dog Democrats (Undercover Republicans) even after it was clear that the Republicans did not want to work with them and were going to be as obstructionist as possible.

The DADT Repeal MUST be up on the floor and passed before November.  If not there is no chance.

We need to face some facts here lids.  The Democrats have used the LGBT Community.  They took our money and made promises that they either had no intention of keeping or were just to weak to keep.  Perhaps they think they are holding us hostage because they think we have no one to vote for.  And we really don’t.  But we can, not vote at all.  And if that means bending over, grabbing our ankles and biting a towel and letting Republicans take control for two years so be it.  We’ve lived through it before. We REALLY  need to send a message to Democrats that we will vote for them ONLY if they actually do things for us. Because  f we really want Democrats to not take us for granted and then just ignore our issues, we must deny them our vote until we see results.

*About the poster above:  The “Don’t Vote” poster was produced in 1964 by the New York Committe, Anti-Vote Campaign. The Anti-Vote Campaign was an apolitical group made up of individuals, anarchists, radicals, and libertarians. The message is simple, but poignant: “direct action not politics!” Clearly, the intent of the declaration is to call on individuals to seek out “direct actionist” alternatives to voting in the 1964 elections. The anti-vote movement believed that the political rights and liberties which people enjoy today are the result of individuals’ strengths and actions — not of their governments, independent candidates, or party platforms.