Just hours before President Obama plans to sign on Wednesday the repeal of the military’s 17-year ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, Republicans appear to be trying one last legislative maneuver to block the change.
Republicans in the Senate have filed an amendment to a sweeping defense spending bill that would require the four military service chiefs to be part of the certification process called for in the bill that repeals the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
That would put Marine Corps chief General James Amos, a vocal opponent of the repeal, in line to delay or potentially prevent its implementation. The amendment was filed late Tuesday to the defense measure, which could be voted on in the Senate on Wednesday.
Advocates of repeal scrambled late Tuesday night to assess the potential impact of the amendment and to prevent its inclusion in the otherwise uncontroversial military spending bill. A senior Democratic aide in the Senate said “this would be a poison pill for DADT repeal.”
The solution is easy. Vote the bill down. Filibuster it. Do all the things they said they would do and did to the Defense Authorization bill when the DADT repeal was included. If the DADT repeal needed to be in a separate bill, then so does this horseshit.
And if nothing else in the Senate changes, anonymous amendments and holds need to go. Period.