The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, told colleagues on Monday that he was planning to take up the annual Pentagon authorization bill next week. The bill includes a provision that would allow the Defense Department to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in relation to gay and lesbian soldiers.
Mr. Reid informed the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, of his decision during a meeting on Monday afternoon, aides said.
And here's the response from Servicemembers United, via Pam's House Blend:
So what happens next? In the next week, we'll have to focus on those Senators who need to come on board so Reid can get this passed. This could be close, so we need all the help we can get to round up the votes!
In the mean time, it feels great to see that Harry Reid is keeping his promise. He said he'd put an end to DADT, and that's what he's doing. It's long overdue that all our military servicemembers get the respect they deserve.