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|Reid announces 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' vote on Saturday|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|December 17, 2010 11:21|
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced plans to scrap a 1,924-page spending bill from being debated and voted on during the final days of the current lame-duck congressional session in favor of votes on repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the DREAM Act.
According to Huffington Post, the Senate will vote on the measures Saturday starting with the DREAM Act and moving on to DADT repeal later in the day.
The House of Representatives passed a stand-alone repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members earlier this week by a wide margin. The Senate has been unable to move forward on the 2011 Defense Authorization Act that included repeal language, so Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.) and Susan Collins (R-Me.) introduced a stand-alone repeal.
If passed, the repeal would authorize President Obama to remove the policy once he and certain military leaders were convinced necessary arrangements and preparations had been made.
Republicans have largely argued that the time for repealing the policy is not right due to the country’s current military commitments, though several have expressed their desire to see the policy repealed.
Stay tuned for more information as it happens.
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