The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to repeal the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell statute and give the Pentagon discretion to end the policy.
The vote? 16-12, with Maine’s Susan Collins voting to join all but one of the panel’s Democrats. The lone Democratic dissenter? James Webb.
Given Republican homophobic hysteria on the issue, the GOP has predictably threatened to filibuster the measure when it hits the floor. Since Ben Nelson has already agreed to it, it’s hard to see any other Democrats peeling off, especially because Blanche Lincoln is still locked in a primary.
That means that Jim Webb may be the one who has to decide on cloture.
What will it be, Senator?