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Posted at 2:43 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Looks like Olympia Snowe will vote Yes on DADT repeal

By Greg Sargent

Dana Bash confirms that Olympia Snowe will vote Yes tomorrow on the stand-alone bill repealing don't ask don't tell:

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.

It's not news that Collins, Murkowski and Brown are Yes votes -- that's already been widely confirmed. However, it is notable that Snowe's office is now confirming she's a Yes. Snowe had only said that she generally supports repeal, and there was no certainty that she wouldn't mount last minute procedural objections.

As for her caveat that the temporary government-funding measure needs to be secured first, this shouldn't be a problem, either. Aides to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell confirm that the plan is to get the funding measure done today or tomorrow, and Reid presumably won't hold the DADT vote until it's done.

On another front, TPM is worried that Kent Conrad has not yet confirmed he will vote Yes. But a source involved in vote counting tells me this isn't a cause for worry -- they say they've got at least 60 votes without him.

Indeed, with Snowe (and even without Conrad) the number of senators who have now pledged to vote Yes tomorrow is 60. And that's not even counting Richard Lugar and John Ensign, both of whom may still be in play.

This is the United States Senate, of course, so anything can happen. But all indications -- for now, at least -- suggest that DADT repeal is on the verge of becoming a reality.

By Greg Sargent  | December 17, 2010; 2:43 PM ET
Categories:  Senate Dems, Senate Republicans, gay rights  
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Have you heard anything at all about the Zadroga 9/11 First Responders Bill getting taken care of in the Senate before the end of the year?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 17, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I'll believe when they actually vote. But thanks for the reporting.

Posted by: CTVoter | December 17, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Any idea what time the votes will be?

Posted by: maritza1 | December 17, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party’s main critics of the repeal opposed it on the basis, essentially – but with some room for theoretical extrapolation of intent – that allowing gays to serve openly in the military would somehow put troops at risk. The “gays,” according to their baseless arguments, would jeopardize every mission by their flamboyant waving of purple feather boas and their high-stepped marching to the facile choruses of Lady Gaga through the rocky hillsides of Afghanistan. While the “gays” pranced around in Speedos and skin-tight mesh tanktops, the “real” service members would be putting their lives on the line to fight against the guerilla insurgents who seek nothing but to destroy the liberties of the freest nation on earth.

Posted by: BeckingOrder25 | December 17, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Dear Senators Collins and Snowe:

Thank you.

Posted by: paul65 | December 17, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The sooner this RINO is out, the better.

Posted by: clawrence12 | December 17, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I've heard that Reid is now going to push for a year-long CR - this may muck things up again... Is it true?

Posted by: sbj3 | December 17, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Your source?

Would you please try and comfort your fellow right winger Clawrence. He is very afraid of you.

Posted by: Liam-still | December 17, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

@liam: It's a waste of time to argue with those who have no common sense. (Unsourced rumor from a blog.)

Posted by: sbj3 | December 17, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Are you factoring in that Wyden is not going to be there tomorrow because he's having surgery?

Posted by: Truthteller12 | December 17, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Who are the firm no's on the Dem side?

Posted by: Truthteller12 | December 17, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse


Wyden has already confirmed that he will be there tomorrow. His surgery is next week.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 17, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

suekzoo1, thanks I saw yesterday that he was going to be gone but that changed today apparently.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | December 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Greg Sargent is reporting that the GOP is sending a warning to Harry Reid and his ilk that if they stay on their hell-bent course to repeal DADT, the START treaty will likely be DOA.

Posted by: miyago123 | December 17, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse


While checking around, I find this interesting picture:

I found it here:

It's an advertisement picture, and the message it sends (other to its intended recipients) is quite dangerous. Open your eyes and SEE!

THIS is what worries me. I do subscribe to the Words: "Know your enemy" and I think I know the Radical Elements are coming out to play, and NOT nicely...

Just forwarning you that I think you will get what you want, but won't get what you expect...

It could be VERY Ugly...


Posted by: Clearbrook | December 17, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse


I think START is actually on the back burner and will *NOT* make it through for 2 reasons:

1) The Republicans have their Victory, and the President has not sold START or DREAM to the Amercian Public. DADT, although not seen as important, will pass, and the Republicans will be seen as dealing fairly, if DREAM dies on the Floor and DADT passes. Greg's keeping this topic fresh may contribute to that effect, but I don't think it caused it.

2) START requires 67 Votes for CONFIRMATION, not just 60 for Cloture. It is therefore an easier chip to use at the table, and START not passing today does not mean Russia builds very EXPENSIVE Nukes in January that they might have to destroy in February. START, despite Obama's overtures, has time.


Posted by: Clearbrook | December 17, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

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