An amendment will be attached to the upcoming Pentagon budget bill, that Congress should vote on next week, that will effectively repeal the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy – though the repeal would take place only after the president, the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that it is consistent with military standards. At a minimum, that would extend the current law until Dec. 1, when the Pentagon study on DADT is due.
A statement through the SOD Gate’s press secretary states: “The secretary can accept the language in the proposed amendment.” Why didn’t Congress just wait it out until the Pentagon study comes to their desks? Because that’s after the mid-term elections and no one is quite sure the dynamics of the next Congress and if this amendment could be passed. We do know that this amendment can pass this Congress, so they moved.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it’ll have to do. Talking Points Memo has a run-down on how the deal between Congress and the White House was struck. In short: We should all thank Carl Levin (D-MI).