Washington (CNN) - A military spending bill that includes the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian soldiers will come up for Senate debate next week, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office.
Reid's spokesman confirmed Monday that the chamber will take up the National Defense Authorization Act on September 20.
The measure, which includes funding for military operations, also contains the controversial provision to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy after the Pentagon concludes a review of the matter in December, and President Barack Obama, the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff all give their approval.
wow,, his could be the nail to several senators coffins....
This policy should have been overturned long ago. Sexual orientation should not be considered if someone wants to join the military. It's discriminatory and it's wrong.
Not to worry Republicans. Democrats will knuckle under and remove it so the bill can pass. Democrats do have the guts to stick to their guns like you guys do.
I love how they attach this stuff to spending bills. Why can't it be dealt with on it's own like it should be.
If the repulsive republicans want to continue their discrimination and breech of the Constitution we will find out what the future holds should they take control in November. I pray each night for their failure!
Now let's all be "politically correct" and put gays first and country last; that will win us wars.
About time!! We need more men and woman in uniform that are willing to fight for this country. If they are qualified, I say it shouldn't matter what they do with their partner. Give everyone equal rights, regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation!!
End discrimination; especially to those who bravely and willing to fight for our great country.