DADT Repeal In Jeopardy



The House is likely to consider the Defense funding bill on the House
floor the week of May 24 -- the same week that the Senate Armed Services
Committee is scheduled to vote on the legislation. Repeal advocates
have been concerned that simultaneous consideration in both chambers
could hamper efforts to attach a repeal measure; they generally believe
the best-case scenario would be for the Senate Armed Services Committee
to address the issue first.

Another alternative to full repeal
might the fallback of putting a moratorium on discharges.

second source said suspending discharges might gain traction even though
advocates have been reluctant to settle for anything less than full

“If you buy into the idea that the Pentagon study is not
about if but when, it makes perfect sense.”

Though Pentagon
officials have consistently opposed suspending discharges, some
Democratic leaders on the Hill continue to support it, suggesting that
it may be a potential alternative to voting on full repeal this year.
Sen. Levin has been floating the concept publicly for several months,
and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the administration to
“immediately place a moratorium on dismissals” in her response to the
letter from Secretary Gates.

Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts has strongly
advocated for full repeal but in an interview prior to the Gates letter said a moratorium could certainly be
better than nothing.

“If it was a moratorium that was only going
to be for six months and then [‘don’t ask, don’t tell’] would go back
into effect, that would be a problem,” he said. “But a moratorium that
would be the first step to abolition is almost as good as abolition
right away.”

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