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Indiana senator Richard Lugar said last week that he would not join the group of his GOP colleagues who may attempt to rid the defense authorization bill of language that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell."
Lugar told theWashington Bladethat he "would just leave [the bill] as it is" and that he would likely vote against a filibuster.
Stopping or preventing a filibuster against the authorization bill would require 60 votes in the Senate, and a motion to strike the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal language would require 51 votes, the Blade reports.
Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin has said he would not be surprised if there were a motion for a filibuster, as top Republican senator John McCain has said he would "do everything" possible to quash a repeal of the law.