Open Thread: DADT Repeal to be Stand-Alone?

Today, Senate Republicans killed the effort to take up the Defense Authorization bill with a Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal in it.  Apparently, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) wanted 4 days of debate time, and Senate Majority Leader Reid thought that it would actually end up being a lot more than that, and so he didn't agree (at least that's what Greg Sargent says).  So, basically, the Senate proceeded to gridlock, and John McCain's filibuster, aided by Collins, succeeded.

That, however, is not the end of it.  Today, Sens. Lieberman, Collins and Udall introduced a stand-alone bill to repeal DADT, and Harry Reid has promised Lieberman that he would bring it up under expedited procedure.
"I informed Senator Reid during the vote... that we're going to do that, and he said, 'Same language as in Defense Authorization bill?' I said, 'yes.' He said, 'put me down as a co-sponsor.' I said, "Harry, we're going to ask you to bring this to a vote before the end of the lame duck session.' He said, 'I will bring it to the active calendar under Rule 14.'"

Rule 14 is a Senate procedure that gives the majority leader the right to expedite legislation.

"As far as the efforts to repeal don't ask don't tell, it ain't over," Lieberman said.
Will this succeed?  I hope so.  We don't want the repeal to go into the next Congress, where it will likely be doomed.  Anyway, the floor is yours.


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