Earlier today, Servicemember United’s Alex Nicholson delivered a very strong message to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, which was sent via a post at The Hill. Based on what we learned this afternoon from Chris Johnson, it looks like Reid has stepped up. There will be a vote on the Defense Authorization bill, which includes the compromise DADT language.
The immediate hurdle is the filibuster promised by Senator John McCain. You may recall McCain’s temper tantrum on the Senate floor over DADT in July. He’s such a fraud.
In today’s post, Alex says the votes exist to overcome McCain’s filibuster:
Enough support for the bill currently exists to break a filibuster, so the attempts by Senator Reid’s office to blame Senator McCain for the delay falls flat. Senator McCain is the de facto leader of the those opposed repealing the DADT law, and he will surely try to impede progress on this bill. But the overwhelming majority of both Americans and U.S. senators oppose Senator McCain’s tactics, especially a filibuster, so there is simply no excuse for Senator Reid to delay a vote on NDAA any longer.
Delay happens now if the GOPers stick together to block the Defense bill.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) already voted for DADT in the Senate Armed Services Committee. Scott Brown (R-MA) has stated publicly that he will not filibuster the Defense Authorization bill over DADT. Also, both Collins and Brown voted to pass the Defense bill out of committee (The Armed Services Committee press release is here. For some reason, that committee’s releases are pdfs)
We’ll see if these Collins and Brown cave to Mitch McConnell, which is what they usually do.
Virginia Democrat Jim Webb was the only Senator to oppose the DADT language in that committee. I can’t imagine Webb will filibuster this Defense bill over DADT.