Here’s video of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell talking about the Defense Authorization bill and DADT at his Capitol Hill presser today:
More from Kerry Eleveld, who was also at the press event:
McConnell, who spoke to reporters shortly before Reid, said the bill included several items that made the legislation “needlessly controversial,” including the repeal language and the DREAM Act.
“There are a number of elements in that bill that have nothing to do with defense,” he said, adding that the repeal provision allows “eliminating ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ without the study” from the Pentagon due out in December.
But he did not say one way or the other whether Republicans would filibuster the legislation.
“I can’t tell you right now how easy it will be to move forward with that bill,” he said.
When Reid was asked if he had the 60 votes to break the filibuster, he responded, “We’ll sure find out.”