December 18, 2010
By Adam Bink
Just now, the Senate voted 63-33 to invoke cloture on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. This is a huge, huge win that removes the last major legislative roadblock from our path. Republican Senators voting yea include Brown of Massachusetts, Collins, Kirk, Murkowski, Snowe, Voinovich. Sen. Manchin did not vote. Props to all of you who made calls to those six above. It made a difference.
The Senate will now proceed to 30 hours’ post-cloture legislative consideration, which unless it is waived by Senators, will take us into Sunday. At that point, a simple up or down majority vote will send repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” statute to the President’s desk.
I’ll be updating with interesting dispatches over the next several hours. Updates will scroll from the bottom.
The biggest hurdle next is making sure President Obama and his administration, once the President signs the bill, move quickly on certification. To that end, Courage just launched this action below. Read and chip in so we will hold their feet to the fire. No more foot-dragging.
No person can serve openly once the President puts pen to paper on repeal. Courage is out to change that as quickly as possible, and every dollar you contribute below can help with that.
Update 2: MSNBC is reporting that a final vote will occur today at 3 PM EST, which means we’ll avoid the 30 hours post-cloture consideration.
Update 3: Wow. 216 contributions totaling $5,272 in so far on the action below. Hot. Keep it up! We’ll be reporting on the certification process and pushing Obama, Mullen and Gates hard to certify as soon as possible.
Update 4: For those confused on what happens next,
1. The Senate will vote on final passage at 3 PM EST.
2. It will go to the President’s desk, who will sign it.
3. The President, Chairman of the JCS and Secretary of Defense must certify, in writing, to Congress, that repeal is good for the country and the military is prepared, among other things. Patrick Murphy explains the full list.
4. There must be a 60-day waiting period that the late Sen. Byrd inserted into the bill for no apparent useful reason.
5. After all that is met, the law will be repealed.
See my post at OpenLeft.com here quoting Patrick Murphy’s letter to colleagues explaining the certification process for more. This is why it’s important, given the military’s penchant for insisting on long timelines and dragging things out, to hold their feet to the fire. We’re raising money for such an effort below.
Update 5: Here’s the roll call.
Update 6: There’s some debate going on right now around DADT and the new START treaty as we proceed to a final vote.
Update 7: $8,411 in from 342 people to hold the Administration’s feet to the fire on certification. Wow. We heard you, and will start a big push to make sure the Administration moves as quickly as possible to certify repeal. And by the way, every dollar is earmarked for this campaign. As Rick wrote in the comments below, Courage runs a very bare-bones, cost-efficient operation, whether on the road with NOM or running a virtual shop. If you’d like to help us get to $10K, you can chip in here.
Update 8: The Senate just began voting on final passage of DADT repeal.
Update 9: And repeal passes the full Senate, 65-31. If my math is correct, without looking at a roll call, we picked up Sens. Ensign and Burr. I’m going to start a new thread with that news, analysis, and final thoughts. This thread will no longer update.
Dear Adam –
With 63 votes today in the Senate, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is on the way to the dustbin of history. I’m elated and I’m somber: it’s a huge victory that would never have happened without every one of you.
But we ain’t done yet.
Courage Campaign is going to mount an effort to pressure the Obama Administration to quickly certify repeal- and we need your people-powered support. Will you give us $17 right now, one dollar for each year that DADT was law?
Here’s the skinny: the Senate vote was the last major legislative obstacle. But even after the President signs this law, no one can serve openly. Certification is first required from the President, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Secretary of Defense
It’s part of a backroom deal cut months ago, and it’s ridiculous. We’ve seen how the Administration has dragged their feet over the past two years on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. We can’t let that happen again. We have to mount a fight to finish the job, and we need your help.
Can you contribute $17 to show the Administration that we’re not going to stand for any more foot-dragging? We’ll put your money to work right away—through online ads, organizers, and phone banks that will remind this administration daily that the job is not done until they certify repeal.
You did this. And together, we’ll move from this victory to full equality in the months and years ahead.But we ain’t done yet. Contribute $17 to speed up the day when an openly gay American can walk into a recruiting station and say “I want to serve.”
P.S. Help us to build momentum for certification by sharing our message with your friends via Facebook or by simply forwarding this message to 5 friends.
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