DADT Repeal Hinges on When Senate Decides to Take Christmas Break


With Senate leadership hoping to wrap up the enthralling lame-duck session by December 17, advocates of repealing "don't ask, don't tell" worry that they'll be unable to provide a small handful of Republican moderates the weekslong floor debate upon which their support is contingent. And if the Senate doesn't get around to voting on DADT during the lame-duck session, it won't have the votes for repeal once the recently elected Republicans take their seats in January. That's why DADT-repeal crusader Joe Lieberman is now calling for the Senate to continue working right up until Christmas, like everyone else in America.

“Sen. Lieberman believes that there are at least 60 votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ this year, provided that leadership allows time for sufficient debate and amendments," Lieberman spokeswoman Erika Masonhall said. "Wanting to go home is not an acceptable excuse for failing to pass a bill that provides essential support for our troops and veterans and failing to take action that the president, the secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have called for.”

Seriously? This is an actual conundrum that people are torn about? Stay in the capital for a few more days, you lazy bastards. We aren't paying you to see the new Narnia movie with your kids.

Lieberman wants Senate to stay in session until it repeals 'Don't ask' policy [Hill]
Whether DADT repeal passes is largely up to Reid and Obama [Plum Line/WP]