April 26, 2010 | by Chris Johnson
Pelosi plans 'Don't Ask' repeal vote this year (updated)

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (DC Agenda file photo by Michael Key)

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning to hold a vote this year in her chamber of Congress for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, according to her office.

“It is the Speaker’s intention that a vote will be taken this year on ['Don't Ask, Don't Tell'] in the House,” Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, told DC  Agenda in a statement Monday.

The announcement is promising news for repeal advocates because Pelosi has yet to put legislation to the floor that hasn’t had sufficient support for passage.

Michael Cole, a Human Rights Campaign spokesperson, praised Pelosi for planning the vote.

“As we’ve been saying for a long time now, the time to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law is this year, and it’s a positive sign to hear congressional leaders affirm that,” Cole said.

Still, Cole said further work is necessary to make repeal happen.

“We need pressure on the Congress, we need pressure on the White House, we need pressure across the board, and as we get into this critical period, signs like that are promising,” he said.

Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said he learned the House was planning this vote last week in a meeting with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

“I’m delighted that she’s reaffirmed to hold the vote this year,” he said.

Sarvis said the planned vote is helpful because it “underscores to the White House the seriousness of purpose” and the importance of moving key votes in both the House and Senate the upcoming weeks.

“The hour for the president as well as for the leadership to become engaged is now,” he said. “The reality is — particularly in the Senate Armed Services Committee — we are still short of some critical votes. We don’t have the votes today. We’re on the brink of getting them, and we need help from leadership on the Hill and from the president himself.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

18 Comments
  • Thank you, Nancy Pelosi for having the big balls that President Obama and Harry Reid obviously lack.

  • Yawn. Promises, promises. NEWSFLASH: We’re not falling for this Nance.

  • Just like the DC Vote… Dems decided against the DC Vote because the compromise was to allow guns to proliferate in the city…

    Now watch with Pelosi and DADT: sure, they’ll vote to repeal it: as long as we accept the outcome of the Rand Corp’s “research report”: separate housing, separate showering, separate toilets. And hey, why stop there?! Why not just add separate water fountains and laundry and mess halls too! Complete the cycle, yay and congrats to us, freedom forever :-\

  • Since how is it that a “staffer’s” comment that Pelosi has an “intention” to hold a vote can become a “pledge.”

    Naive or intentionally mis-leading reporting?

  • I’ll believe it when it happens.

  • I disagree with the tone of many of the comments. I believe the vote *will* happen this year. In Committee. In December. …If, that is, everyone behaves and obediently remembers to support incumbent Dems at the mid terms. Otherwise, you know, it really won’t be their fault and they’ll have much bigger issues to worry about…

  • Guys and Gals

    Everyday, call and (AND) write your elected officials
    We have to drive this, no one else will. PLEASE fight for this.
    Both Chris Dodd and Joe Courtney get emails and calls everyday on my lunch time. It means something, we have to fight

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