In less than 24 hours, the Hill is expecting a full-scale assault on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military policy that bans open homosexuality.
According to insiders, liberals are making the final preparations on--not one, but two bills--they plan to move simultaneously through the House and Senate. Unlike the past attempts, this would be a vote on repeal--and repeal alone. With a freestanding bill, the Left can liberate the debate of all the issues that complicated the Defense Authorization legislation, like taxpayer-funded abortion. Although neither leadership office is confirming the timetable, Politico talked to one source that hinted the attack is well underway. Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) have already finalized some language that the House could rush through "as a privileged resolution." Meanwhile, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is paving the way in the Senate by filing a motion today that would bypass the typical committee process. This means the Democrats are prioritizing the issue over raises for the military, funding for counter terrorism programs, and the tax hikes looming for every American.
That's even more stunning considering General James Amos's latest warning. The head of the Marine Corps told reporters today that a change in the policy could result in casualties. "When your life hangs on the line, you don't want anything distracting... Mistakes and inattention or distractions cost Marines' lives." Still, when pressed about the agenda, Pelosi's office played dumb. "As we come to the end of the session, all options to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' are now on the table." This is an all hands on deck moment. It's absolutely critical that you take a few minutes on Wednesday morning to call your congressman and both senators--particularly if your leader is on this list: Sens. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Ben Nelson (D-Nebr.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), George Voinovich (R-Ohio), and Jim Webb (D-Va.). Do it for our troops. And, more importantly, do it for America.