Saturday, December 18, 2010
The long awaited “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal vote is expected before noon today with proponents saying they are confident they have more than 60 votes needed to pass the legislation.
A stand along bill repealing the 17-year old, Clinton-era ban on gay Americans serving their country was introduced by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and received supported from Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).
The stand alone bill passed the U.S. House earlier this week.
As longtime reader Brigadoon opined, the price of winning Republican support for the repeal measure was the $858 billion tax cut giveaway that overwhelmingly favored the wealthiest Americans.
I will update this Blog later today once the votes are counted.