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DADT Repeal Vote: September-Ish

September, a month not named “December” or “after the mid-term elections,” is when Sen. Carl Levin believes the full Senate will vote on whether to repeal DADT.

Following the August recess, and before they fight for the opportunity to serve another term, lawmakers will take up the Pentagon’s spending bill that has a compromised DADT repeal deal attached, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman says. “What we’re hoping to do before August is to have an agreement which will pave the way for it being brought up right after the recess.”

But that’s really a matter for Sen. Harry Reid (pictured, main), the majority leader from Nevada, to decide. It would be a nice gesture on his behalf, and I’m sure America’s drivers would appreciate the relief.