Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Hangs in the Balance

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lady Gaga attends the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Grassroots Rally in support of repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in Southern Maine on September 20, 2010 (Cliff Kucine/Getty)

Today the Senate holds a procedural vote on whether a sweeping defense appropriations bill — which allocates money for conflicts overseas as well as program cuts at home — makes it to the floor. As any Lady Gaga fan likely knows, this morning, the legislation's most visible component is a proposed repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Gaga has been calling for a repeal of the policy on her Twitter account and elsewhere, and traveled to Maine yesterday to speak at a rally organized by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

Why Maine? Maine's Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (as well as Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown) could play an important role in allowing the bill to move forward.

But as Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us, there's a lot more to the bill, and the DADT fight, than Gaga's public campaign.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

Also attached to the bill is funding for abortions on military bases, another reason to vote against it.

Sep. 21 2010 08:08 AM

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