Bill Nelson to vote yes on DADT repeal, Scott Brown to vote no

by: Adam Bink

Tue May 25, 2010 at 13:00

As I wrote in the thread below, Administration deal or not, we are still several votes short in committee. Two updates this morning- Bill Nelson's office just announced he will support the amendment that implements the deal and, presumably, the full bill. Scott Brown announced he is a no. Full whip count below. Democrats hold a 16-12 majority on the committee and, if all members show up, need 15 votes to enact the bill.

Carl Levin
Joseph I. Lieberman (Connecticut)
Jack Reed (Rhode Island)
Daniel K. Akaka (Hawaii)
Bill Nelson (Florida)
Claire McCaskill (Missouri)
Mark Udall (Colorado)
Kay R. Hagan (North Carolina)
Mark Begich (Alaska)
Roland W. Burris (Illinois)
Jeff Bingaman (New Mexico)
Edward E. Kaufman (Delaware)

Susan Collins (Maine)

John McCain (Arizona)
James M. Inhofe (Oklahoma)
Jeff Sessions (Alabama)
Saxby Chambliss (Georgia)
Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
John Thune (South Dakota)
Roger F. Wicker (Mississippi)
George S. LeMieux (Florida)
Scott Brown (Massachusetts)
Richard Burr (North Carolina)
David Vitter (Louisiana)

Robert C. Byrd (West Virginia)
Ben Nelson (Nebraska)
Evan Bayh (Indiana)
Jim Webb (Virginia)

Ben Nelson announced last week he prefers to wait for the Pentagon review to be completed, but there has been no new statement since last night's news, so I'm leaving him as undecided. We would need 2 of the four remaining undecided. I'm told there is a slight chance Robert Byrd may not come for health reasons, which would lower the threshold for passage to 14 votes, but no one should assume that.

Hit your family/friends/colleagues up who are constituents. 202-224-3121 is the Congressional switchboard.

Adam Bink :: Bill Nelson to vote yes on DADT repeal, Scott Brown to vote no

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With Brown committing electoral suicide (0.00 / 0)
We need Bayh and Webb. I'm reasonably sure Bayh will vote yes, Webb I think is the focus vote.

No way Byrd votes yes, he'll just not show up. He led to the policy happening in the first place.

I'll eat my shoe if Ben Nelson votes yes.

If we can convince them to not show up, that would be enough. (0.00 / 0)
any leaner who cannot, for whatever reason; re-election, cowardice, homophobia or needing a few moments in the tanning bed, vote in favour, they can merely stay away and let the thing pass without voting.


The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky

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16-12 majority, not 14-12 (0.00 / 0)


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