It’s a little early to get too excited, but The Advocate‘s Kerry Eleved is reporting that a deal may be coming together to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by the end of this week.
Eleved reports that simultaneous meetings are occurring today on Capitol Hill and at the White House, to negotiate adding a repeal of the 1993 law to the National Defense Authorization Act. The entire House and the Senate Armed Services Committee are set to vote on the NDAA by week’s end.
Both New York senators and much of the state’s house delegation support repealing DADT. President Obama has tepidly supported the repeal, but has tiptoed allowing it to become an election year wedge issue.
It would take a legislative home run to pull off repeal this week. As the Washington Post reports, there are too many undecided legislators for either side to claim victory on the House or Senate floors. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), who authored the attachment to the NDAA repealing DADT, doesn’t yet have the votes to even get his amendment out of the House Armed Services Committee. Likewise, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) lacks the votes on the Senate side.
Some 75 percent of Americans support ending DADT. However, activists fear that if DADT is not repealed by this Congress, a possible Republican majority come November would uphold it for the foreseeable future.