BREAKING: DADT repeal likely to come up for a vote tonight

by: Adam Bink

Wed Dec 08, 2010 at 12:00

Just this morning, Sen. Reid said the following on the Senate floor:

"And I'm likely going to move to my motion to reconsider on the Defense Authorization Act this evening. Allowing, as I will indicate at that time, time for amendments to that piece of legislation."

As I wrote earlier, if Sen. Reid allows for a process that accords Sen. Collins and other pro-repeal Republicans the opportunity to offer amendments with sufficient time for debate, it is very likely they will support the motion to reconsider, which requires 60 votes. That is our last major hurdle to overcome.

But, it's no sure thing (it never is). So, that means it's time to hit the phones for one last big push. The switchboard is 202-224-3121. This cannot be left up to backroom dealing between the Republicans and Sen. Reid. And as Joe wrote, this isn't a political game. Both sides have to deal in good faith and not hide behind process. And then we'll find out tonight who's using us for political football, and who's on our side.

Breaking this morning, we picked up Sen. Pryor. If that's true, and Manchin and Lincoln go our way (and I'm told it's likely they will), we'll need two Republicans. So, based on what a few sources have told me this morning, the following are all potential votes for the motion to reconsider:

--Susan Collins (R-ME)

--Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

--Richard Lugar (R-IN)

--Judd Gregg (R-NH)

--Scott Brown (R-MA)

--George Voinovich (R-OH)

--Kit Bond (R-MO)

--Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

--Mark Kirk (R-IL)

The number is 202-224-3121. Call them and ask them to support the motion to reconsider on the defense authorization bill. This is especially important if you are a constituent. Then, pick 5 family/friends/colleagues, and ask them to do the same. Tell them if there's one holiday present you'd like in the social justice realm, it's 5 minutes on the phone.

Then, post in the comments what you heard.

Let's do this.

Adam Bink :: BREAKING: DADT repeal likely to come up for a vote tonight

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Called Sen. Kirk's office... (0.00 / 0)
... and used the script in the email Adam sent. The cheerful girl answering the phone said she'd be "sure to pass along the message to Sen. Kirk."

Whip Count (0.00 / 0)
So all 58 Dems have agreed to vote in favor of repeal?  Ben Nelson said he would support it, which is somewhat surprising, but Webb opposed it; has he changed his mind? What about Landrieu? Surely if Manchin is voting for it, Webb and Landrieu will fall into line.

Lugar and Murkowski have already said they will vote for repeal, as has Ensign (another shocker), who is not included above, and I believe Snowe. Is Lindsay Graham playing the same "further study is needed" game like McCain?  

Keep watching those shells (0.00 / 0)
This is a shell game aimed at getting progressives to stop talking about the tax bill.  


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