Following a story that the White House is in discussions today with Capitol Hill leaders discussing moving forward with a repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Possible action by the end of the week.
Will Charles Djou get there in time to help lead Republicans in voting for repeal?
More details to come.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from a Secret Undisclosed Alternate HQ)
UPDATE: Reading a little more on the tactics, it looks as though Congress would pass, and likely President Obama would sign, within the Defense Authorization Bill for this year, a provision that repeals the ban, but it would be written so as to not take effect until 90 days after the Pentagon submits its report on the policy, due out sometime in December.
The confusing point here is that, in order to repeal the DADT policy, a repeal is required of a portion of Title 10 US Code. I’m not an expert in law or legislation, so I’m not sure if there’s a way to pass a law to change US Code, but make its implementation contingent on the Pentagon’s report. How do you write that?
The following law is repealed, you know, contingent on whether a report that’s coming out in December sometime says what we want it to say. But if it does look like we’re hoping, this is the change we want to make: …
I have every reason to believe the Pentagon’s report is going to be favorable to repeal. But I just don’t know how you can write legislation contingent on it.
Then again, this is a body that passes legislation without even reading it (and tried to pass laws without voting on them), so I wouldn’t put anything past them.