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Senate Plans Vote on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

7:11 PM, Sep 13, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Senate majority leader Harry Reid has decided, reportedly, to hold a vote on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' next week. Here's the Washington Post:

The Senate will vote next week on its version of the annual Defense Department authorization bill -- a measure that includes language repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Aides to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) confirmed Monday that a vote will occur next week. Potential differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill would still have to be hammered out, so final passage and a presidential signature still appear distant.

Gay rights groups are mounting an aggressive lobbying effort this week, urging supporters of the repeal (including Lady Gaga) to phone senators to urge them to vote for the military bill.

But Obama's signature on the authorization bill would not end the policy outright: He would still need to certify a Pentagon study of how repealing "don't ask" might impact troop morale and readiness. The report is due to Obama and military leaders by Dec. 1. The Defense Department would move forward with repealing the policy once Obama certifies the report.

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