Washington (CNN) – The top enlisted adviser for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said on Friday that he believes the troops are ready for a repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' and that those who oppose ending the policy should leave the military.
"If there are people who cannot deal with the change, then they're going to have to do what's best for their troops and best for the organization and best for the military service and exit the military service, so that we can move forward – if that's the way that we have to go," Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill told 'Washington Watch' host and CNN contributor Roland Martin in an interview that will air Sunday on TV One Cable.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate on Thursday rejected a Democratic bid to open debate on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, possibly killing any chance for it to get passed in the current congressional session.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, called the vote without an agreement from any Republican senators to support the motion, ensuring it would fail.
The vote was 57-40 in favor of the cloture motion that required 60 votes to pass.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be pressing ahead with a Senate vote Thursday that could doom the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay service members.
The vote may come despite progress in talks Wednesday night on a deal to get GOP Maine Sen. Susan Collins' vote. Collins, a supporter of the repeal, had been demanding ample debate time and amendments in exchange for her vote to start debate on the defense bill, which includes the repeal.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Unable to secure needed Republican support, Senate Democrats decided Wednesday to postpone a planned make-or-break vote on starting debate on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military.
Jim Manley, the spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said the showdown vote was delayed while negotiations continue with Republican senators whose support is necessary to overcome a GOP filibuster. Earlier, Reid said he was talking to one moderate Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, to try to gain her support.
Washington (CNN)– Departing from the most vocal of his base, Democratic Virginia Senator Jim Webb believes the tax deal proposed by President Obama is "a good way for us to reinvigorate the economy" and tells Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that "the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy is a flawed policy."
Appearing on CNN's John King, USA, Wednesday at 7 p.m.ET, Webb calls President Obama's proposal a "true act of leadership" and says the "people are calling for some sort of stimulus to the economy." For Webb, Obama's tax deal is the answer.
(CNN) - Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday that he does not support a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
There is "strong potential for disruption at the small unit level" of combat units if the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is repealed, Gen. Amos told the committee Friday. Allowing openly gay and lesbian Marines to serve would "no doubt divert leadership attention away from an almost singular focus of preparing units for combat."
(CNN) - Now is not the time to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. armed forces, Sen. John McCain said at a hearing Thursday.
"At this time, we should be inherently cautious about making any changes that would affect our military, and what changes we do make should be the product of careful and deliberate consideration," the Arizona Republican said at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod is adamant that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy will end.
During an interview with CNN Lead Political Anchor Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room, Axelrod said of the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" provision, "This policy is gonna end."
(CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday the long awaited Pentagon report on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy indicates that over two-thirds of service members do not object to gays and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. armed forces.
Gates urged the Senate to pass a repeal of the policy before it is repealed by "judicial fiat."