DADT vote possible tonight

By |2018-01-16T09:12:06-05:00December 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|

WASHINGTON, DC – A vote on the defense authorization bill, which includes the DADT provision, could come as early as this Wednesday evening.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he will bring NDAA back up tonight if the other four votes scheduled for today all fail. When NDAA comes back up, it will be a “re-do” of the September vote, the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the bill, which requires 60 votes to pass.

A handful of Republicans have indicated a willingness to vote to proceed on NDAA if the amendment and debate process is “fair and reasonable.” Since Sen. Reid alone controls the amendment and debate process, pressure needs to be put on both him and the handful of moderate Republicans to come to an agreement.

Please take just a few minutes o call these offices and help us get this done:

1. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (202-224-3542) – Demand that he offer Sen. Collins and her moderate colleagues a fair number of amendments and reasonable amount of floor time for debate on the defense authorization bill, staying over until Christmas if they have to.

2. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) (202-224-2523) – Demand that she accept from Sen. Reid a fair offer of amendments and floor time for debate on the defense authorization bill.

3. Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) (202-224-3353) – Demand that he accept from Sen. Reid a fair offer of amendments and floor time for debate on the defense authorization bill.

4. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) (202-224-4814) – Demand that he accept from Sen. Reid a fair offer of amendments and floor time for debate on the defense authorization bill.

5. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) (202-224-3954) – Demand that he vote with his party to support cloture on the defense authorization bill.

6. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) (202-224-4843) – Demand that she vote with her party to support cloture on the defense authorization bill.

7. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (202-224-6665) – Demand that she accept from Sen. Reid a fair offer of amendments and floor time for debate on the defense authorization bill.

8. Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) (202-224-6244) – Demand that he accept from Sen. Reid a fair offer of amendments and floor time for debate on the defense authorization bill.

9. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) (202-224-5344) – Demand that she accept from Sen. Reid a fair offer of amendments and floor time for debate on the defense authorization bill.

Servicemembers United is suggesting some other things you can do today:

1. Share this announcement with a status update and link on Facebook and Twitter.

2. Tell others about the “Repeal DADT” iPhone app and ask them to make calls too.

3. Become a fan of the “REPEAL THE BAN – End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” page on Facebook and recruiter others to become fans as well (the latest updates are always posted there first, which goes right into your newsfeed).

4. Ask 5 or 10 friends to go to ServicemembersUnited.org and click on the “Join Our Network” link on the top of the site to get into our email database so they stay up to date too and you don’t have to bug them all the time about DADT (we’ll do that for you).

5. Got ideas for more Servicemembers United can be doing, or for things you’d like Servicemembers United help in doing to forward the DADT repeal effort. Don’t hesitate to let contact them.

About the Author:

Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 27th anniversary.