Senate Armed Services Committee Approves DADT Repeal

Jim Burroway

May 27th, 2010

Moments ago, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that paves the way toward repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The vote in favor of the amendment was 16-12. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has already said he will try to mount a filibuster on the defense funding bill once it reaches the floor of the Senate.

Voting yes were:
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)
Joseph I. Lieberman (I CT)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Ben Nelson (D-NE)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Mark Udall (D-CO)
Kay R. Hagan (D-NC)
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Roland W. Burris (D-IL)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Edward E. Kaufman (D-DE)
Susan M. Collins (R-ME)

Voting no were:
Jim Webb (D-VA)
John McCain (R-AZ)
James M. Inhofe (R-OK)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
John Thune (R-SD)
Roger F. Wicker (R-MS)
George S. LeMieux (R-FL)
Scott Brown (R-MA)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
David Vitter (R-LA)


May 27th, 2010

Why do some gay people keep insisting McCain would have been better than Obama?


May 27th, 2010

What’s the S party? ;)

Jim Burroway

May 27th, 2010

The “S” party is the one right next to the “D” party. ;-)


May 27th, 2010

Based on how McCain is acting now, faced with the Tea Bagger threat and JD Hayworth running against him, there is no doubt in my mind that McCain would have caved in to threats from the party leaders and we would be looking at a vote on a Federal Marriage Amendment and other anti-gay measures.

At the same time, I’m not giving the Democrats a 100% free pass either, they are the lesser of the two evils.

Rob in San diego

May 27th, 2010

Really, Jim Webb, you voted against it, oh wait, your from one of those southern states that believed in slavery and seceded from the north.

Lindoro Almaviva

May 27th, 2010

And I hope that the local chapters of HRC and other gay organizations in VA are taking steps to ensure this a-whole is not re elected, or at least he does not see one cent of gay money in his campaign.


May 28th, 2010

McCain’s filibuster threat concerns me. If Jim Webb votes against us, that cancels out Susan Collins, leaving us one vote shy. We need at least on more Republican. I don’t know if I see that happening.

Timothy Kincaid

May 28th, 2010


I’m not concerned about the filibuster.

McCain cannot filibuster the amendment – that came out of committee as part of the bill. He can only filibuster the entire Defence Bill.

And there are not going to be enough Republicans who are so anti-gay that they will oppose the entire Defense bill. I doubt even Webb would join that effort.

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