So House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is promising a vote on a DADT repeal, but House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, the Democrat from Missouri, says don’t even think of discussing it while they put together the Defense Department spending bill. Huh.
Skelton says he and Rep. Howard McKeon, the ranking committee Republican, have agreed “have agreed to support” the Pentgon’s desire to “study the issue” before legislating around it. Which means as the defense budget bill is marked up in the coming week, DADT won’t be a part of it. “We do not support this issue being raised in this markup.”
Not that anyone really expected that strategy to pan out. Which means it’s up to Rep. Patrick Murphy, who’s been pushing for repeal, to introduce the measure as an amendment as the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act goes to a full vote.