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Dems in Congress and Obama at odds over timetable of DADT vote
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WASHINGTON The White House is facing a budding revolt over its carefully crafted strategy for repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military that would have pushed the decision past the November election.

Democrats in the House and Senate including two key lawmakers from Colorado say they are unwilling to wait for completion of a 10-month Pentagon study on repeal of the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell" and are instead moving to include immediate repeal in the defense reauthorization bill, scheduled for mark-up next month.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., among the Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee backing the move, said the committee was "within a vote or two" of including
repeal in the must- pass legislation. He met with three discharged members of the military Tuesday, using their stories to highlight the need for repeal this year.

Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat and one of three openly gay members of Congress, holds a key position on the Rules Committee that he is willing to use to insert a similar provision in the House version of the spending bill, he said Tuesday.

Congressional aides said both approaches are likely to face opposition from the White House, which in February laid a timetable built around an extensive Pentagon study that won't be completed until Dec. 1, pushing a final move on the contentious issue past what's expected to be Democrats' toughest election cycle in years.


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  -Dems in Congress and Obama at odds over timetable of DADT vote ruggerson  Apr-21-10 09:19 PM   #0 
  - So, one side wants now and another side wants the Lame Duck period?  agentS   Apr-21-10 09:21 PM   #1 
  - Interesting article. NT  Clio the Leo   Apr-21-10 09:34 PM   #2 
  - yep  ruggerson   Apr-21-10 11:06 PM   #3 
     - And what does it say about DOMA?  Prism   Apr-22-10 01:34 AM   #6 
        - "this is not the President who will be repealing DOMA"  boppers   Apr-22-10 02:41 AM   #8 
           - He was for it before he was against it. n/t  QC   Apr-22-10 09:30 AM   #12 
              - Citation please?  boppers   Apr-23-10 05:59 AM   #20 
                 - No, I'll leave the lying to you,  QC   Apr-23-10 07:08 AM   #22 
                    - Thanks for the links!  boppers   Apr-23-10 07:21 PM   #23 
  - Something has been telling me they know if they do it before 2012, they're screwed.  graywarrior   Apr-21-10 11:09 PM   #4 
  - The fierce urgency of whenever politically expedient  Prism   Apr-22-10 01:28 AM   #5 
  - Take a freaking risk Obama  CreekDog   Apr-22-10 02:38 AM   #7 
  - I think there are some in the Administration..  kentuck   Apr-22-10 08:25 AM   #9 
  - Well good for them!! Seriously...because it will take the congress to get the damn law overturned  Peacetrain   Apr-22-10 08:33 AM   #10 
  - Fierce advocacy at work.  VMI Dem   Apr-22-10 09:26 AM   #11 
  - Well it is up to Congress and not the President  William769   Apr-22-10 11:03 AM   #13 
  - I guess McCain would have gotten to it much quicker, huh?  Aramchek   Apr-22-10 11:09 AM   #14 
  - And your point being?  William769   Apr-22-10 11:11 AM   #15 
     - One claims to be a fierce advocate?  VMI Dem   Apr-22-10 11:32 AM   #16 
     - One is President also.  William769   Apr-22-10 11:40 AM   #17 
     - The point is that Obama is actually working to repeal DADT.  Aramchek   Apr-22-10 12:13 PM   #18 
  - The President does not have a vote. Move on ahead Congress  Uzybone   Apr-22-10 12:34 PM   #19 
  - Gee, I didn't know that The President rules Congress? I thought it was the legislators?  ShortnFiery   Apr-23-10 06:32 AM   #21 
  - yes, but the WH has requested Levin not to insert this now. Beyond  robinblue   Apr-23-10 07:37 PM   #24 
  - So what? Two co-equal branches of gov't. can and will disagree on matters of policy. n/t  ClarkUSA   Apr-23-10 07:42 PM   #25 
  - so call someone in Congress if you care about the issue  Enrique   Apr-23-10 09:18 PM   #28 
     - lol! I doubt that was the purpose of the OP. n/t  ClarkUSA   Apr-23-10 09:45 PM   #29 
  - I REALLY hope Congress puts this in the defense reauthorization bill. No way would Obama  jenmito   Apr-23-10 08:12 PM   #26 
  - I'm having trouble appreciating the difficulty. Just repeal the fucking thing...  BlooInBloo   Apr-23-10 08:16 PM   #27 
  - I can't post what I REALLY want to say to President Obama  Tailormyst   Apr-23-10 09:45 PM   #30 

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