A standalone bill to repeal “don’t ask don’t tell” was introduced in the Senate on Friday night by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
S. 4022, co-sponsored by Maine Republican Susan Collins and Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman, reportedly has the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. However, time is running short. The Senate is now in recess for the weekend and Majority Leader Harry Reid says he plans to adjourn for the year on Friday, Dec. 17. Below is a statement from pro-repeal groups issued Friday:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Servicemembers United, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Human Rights Campaign, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Third Way, Log Cabin Republicans, and Stonewall Democrats released the following joint statement on continued efforts to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before the end of the year:
“Despite the unfortunate result of the Senate’s cloture vote on the defense authorization bill, there are other viable legislative options to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ before Congress adjourns, and a solid 60-vote Senate majority still in favor of repeal,” the groups said. “With commitments on record from the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House to move this new bill, as well as Secretary Gates’ urgent and renewed request that repeal happen in this Congress, we are confident repeal can still happen this year.”