Lieberman, Collins and Udall to introduce free-standing bill on DADT

Senators Lieberman, Collins and Udall announced that they will introduce a free-standing DADT repeal bill today. Via The Hill:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Thursday he’ll introduce a free-standing bill to repeal the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Lieberman said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) agreed to bring legislation to the floor to do away with the military’s prohibition on openly gay and lesbian service members.

The Connecticut independent said he would introduce the legislation as soon as today with language that mirrors an amendment to the defense authorization bill.

Can’t wait to see how this will play out procedurally. I’m sure Mitch McConnell is going to let Susan Collins help pass a free standing pro-LGBT bill. So, are we to believe that amendments and time won’t matter to her this time? And, will Collins bring any other GOPers? She didn’t today. Does this mean the Senate will now pass the Defense Authorization bill without the DADT language?

SLDN is on board with any viable option:

“Today a band of Senators voted to continue the discrimination against gay and lesbian service members who are fighting and dying for our country. This continued delay is an outrage against these service members and the more than 14,000 who have already lost their jobs under this discriminatory law. History will hold these senators accountable and so will many of their constituents. There will be no place for these Senators to hide. The Senate and the President must remain in session and in Washington to find another path for repeal to get done in the lame-duck. While difficult, realistic options still exist for advocates and Senators to move repeal this year. We need to keep pushing as the Senate is scheduled to break for holiday vacation. We implore all who support repeal to join us outside the Senate this Friday. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, ‘If not now, when?’, said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

Look forward to seeing the White House/HRC strategy on this one. Maybe this is all just part of the “strategy” and “plan” we were told about in May of 2009 by Joe Solmonese.

There are ways this repeal can be accomplished this year, as promised. But, it will take leadership — and we haven’t seen a lot of leadership on LGBT equality lately.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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