Key GOP senators ready to vote for 'don't ask, don't tell'
December 17th, 2010
12:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Key GOP senators ready to vote for 'don't ask, don't tell'

Washington (CNN) - Four key GOP senators who have announced their support of a "don't ask, don't tell" repeal are prepared to join Democrats in voting to let the bill proceed, as long as Congress first deals with a measure to fund the government, aides to the four said Friday.

The aides said Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Lisa Murkowski and Scott Brown will vote Saturday to end debate on the ban on openly gay and lesbian people in the military if the Senate passes a stopgap spending bill - a continuing resolution to keep the government funded. The four have previously said that bill must be approved first.


Filed under: Congress • Don't Ask Don't Tell • Senate
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    In the spirit of my newfound Libertarianism, repeal it. And while you're at it, make sure the zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment is strictly enforced – regardless of orientation.

    December 17, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Paul Guardino

    So they will hold the fate of Gay Soldiers on the front lines hostage until they get what they want. Typical Republican response.

    December 17, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. AZ DEM

    What is it with politics these days. Senators and Representatives ESPECIALLY Senators in D.C. hold up key legislation that they ACTUALLY support and use it at bargaining pieces to get other legislation passed. When will this cycle end? You either support something and vote for it or you don't support it and vote against it passing..all the inbetween makes people lose all faith in our govt

    December 17, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    What is it with this "hostage taking" mentality that has become incideous on the part of Republicans? We won't do anything until you extend the Bush extra bonus tax cuts for the upper 1-2%. So congress gives it to them Now they won't do anything on DADT until we work on the bill to fund the government. See what you get, President Obama, when you give in to hostage takers. More hostage taking. Will he ever learn? I'm not seeing it.

    December 17, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If the republican senators get to hell before we do, I hope they save a spot for the like minded Taliban.

    December 17, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Travis

    First you said they were on hold until the tax cuts are passed. They did.
    Keep your promise and vote to repeal DADT. You can worry about other issues until after you fulfill your end of the bargain.

    December 17, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    That's a no-brainer.

    On the other hand, the Dream Act, would be a bad thing to pass.

    December 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    It's so nice to see the DemocRATS continue to try and force things down the throat of the military, just like they force Obozocare down the throats of the American people. These losers are hell bent on their far left agenda and they will stop at nothing to force it on all of us. These clowns are DANGEROUS.

    December 17, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |