December 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Lugar to vote ‘no’ on ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal legislation

A Republican senator whom “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal advocates have been courting as a potential vote for repeal has said he won’t vote in favor of moving forward with major defense budget legislation to which repeal language is attached.

In a brief exchange on Capitol Hill, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) told the Washington Blade he intends to vote against cloture on the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill if, as expected, the legislation comes up for a vote today.

“I will vote against cloture,” he said. “I believe we ought to have full debate on the defense authorization bill.”

Many Republicans senators have said they’re seeking a more open amendment process for the defense authorization bill than what was previously proposed when an attempt to bring the legislation to the floor was made in September.

A Senate Democratic aide earlier told the Blade that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) intended to propose 10 Republican amendments and 5 Democratic amendments for the legislation when it came up for a vote the next time around.

Asked why he felt these amendments were insufficient, Lugar said he’s unaware of Reid’s plans for the legislation, but still intends to vote “no.”

“I have not heard about his plans, so my answer to you is just based on my knowledge at the moment,” Lugar said. “I’m not aware of Sen. Reid’s plans, but we’ve been told we’d have a vote on cloture on authorization, and I plan to vote “no” on that if that is what we’re voting on.”

Lugar said he supports “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal and his decision to vote “no” is unrelated to the repeal provision in the bill.

“I appreciate it’s in the bill, so are many other things for that matter,” he said.

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

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  • Lugar wants to debate? THEN DEBATE! This is just another delay tactic of the Republicans.

    Can those elected to the high office of the Senate not do more than one thing at a time?

    Tell these Senators “Repeal DADT Now!” and “We will vote against Senators who vote against DADT, AND against senators who just let the clock run out”

    Senators defy the will of the American People by giving greater priority to Tax Cuts for Millionaires, a tiny fraction of the American public, than to either the Defense Budget or the Equality of Gay Service Members who are routinely putting their lives on the front lines to ensure THEIR protection.

    The 10 Month Survey was released in November, and I will assure you, that should the Senate not Pass Repeal, after an extensive study never before surpassed, using the pathetic excuse that “We ran out of time”, or any other excuse, that without failure, we will vote them out of office at the very next election, I repeat, We Will Vote You OUT!

    You may place your priorities wherever you deem appropriate, but we will accept No Excuse in getting this job done, and now.

    Senate Switch Board (202) 224-3121
    Harry Reid (D-NV); (202) 224-3542
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    Carl Levin (D-MI); (202) 224-6221
    Olympia Snowe (R-ME); (202) 224-5344
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    Lisa Murkowski (R-AK); (202) 224-6665

    Email your Senators Daily until Repeal passes:

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