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Dems scramble for DADT repeal strategy; Leader of survey project to testify | Hunter of Justice

Dems scramble for DADT repeal strategy; Leader of survey project to testify

by on November 15, 2010  •  In Congress, Military

From The Hill:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may not be able to secure enough votes to pass the [defense authorization] bill because of language repealing the ban on gays in the military. Stripping that provision may be the only way to pass the legislation, which authorizes funding and sets policy for the Pentagon.But abandoning the effort to repeal the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be a political disaster for President Obama, who made a campaign promise to end the ban...

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the panel’s leading Republican, has been pulling out all the stops to see that provision removed from the Pentagon’s massive policy bill. The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), backs him.

The defense authorization bill will not be part of the Senate’s schedule this week. But one of the military officers leading the Pentagon’s study into the implications of repeal is scheduled to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Gen. Carter Ham has been nominated to lead Africa Command and will appear for a confirmation hearing, offering a chance for lawmakers to press him on the matter.

The Pentagon study — which both sides will likely use to make their respective cases — is due on Dec.1. Results leaked recently to The Washington Post showed the military could lift the ban with minimal risk to the current war operations. But, at the very least, Republicans will insist on hearings on the findings. The pressure of the running clock could further diminish the chances of passage of the defense bill containing the repeal provision...

Informal deliberations between the House and Senate committees over the defense bill already broke down [last] week over the politics of repeal. But congressional sources said the committees may attempt to revive discussions [this] week. Much depends on how Reid handles the issue…

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