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Are people aware of how difficult it is going to be for this congress to repeal DADT ?I googled DADT and came up with this:

The prospects of ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2010 are somewhat dubious. Its fate is tangled up with the Defense authorization bill that's already been passed by the House with a DADT repeal included. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid forced a rushed vote on the Defense bill (including DADT repeal) shortly before the midterms; it failed amid GOP complaints that senators weren't allowed debate on amendments other than DADT.

And there's the rub: Passing a Defense bill can take weeks on end. Senators will want to debate a range of amendments, including DADT, and there simply isn't enough time to debate all of them. Republicans would have to agree to attenuated debate, and there doesn't appear to be a gigantic incentive for them to do so; add in the fact that House and Senate negotiators would then have to merge the two non-identical Defense bills, then both chambers would have to vote on them again, and you've got a tricky timeline for repealing the policy.

I do not know much about the legislative process but I did not know that all of this work would need to happen in such a short amount of time before it could be repealed.

I spend my time on liberal sites mostly, and supporters of the repeal made repeal seem like a done deal. The president is probably going to end up signing an executive order halting discharges or something, for this thing to end.

Originally posted to tonnie on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 01:23 PM PST.


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