Barney Frank sums it up right

December 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm 23 comments

By Adam Bink

I don’t usually do a lot with press releases, but this statement of where things are and what needs to be done from Rep. Barney Frank is so on-point, it’s worth reading in its entirety (but if you want the express version, then I’ve bolded the best parts).

WASHINGTON – Congressman Barney Frank today welcomed the decision of the House Democratic leadership to pass a stand-alone version of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and send it to the Senate.

I am extremely pleased that the House Democratic leadership is continuing to do everything possible to enact the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The introduction of a stand-alone bill is a very important response to the deadlock that we have seen in the Senate and offers us a very good chance to get repeal. What is important now is for every supporter of repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to call or email their United States Senators and insist that this bill be brought to a vote.

According to the statements of Members of the Senate and the votes they have already cast, there are more than the sixty votes needed at this point committed to repeal, so the problem becomes scheduling in the Senate and the need to pass several other important bills. After all this time, those of us dedicated to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” have a right to insist that this be given the priority it deserves from the standpoint of human rights in America. Every obstacle that was set up by those opposed to repeal has now been met – there is progress on taxes, on the spending bill, and the Pentagon has done its survey and report. All that remains is for Members of the Senate to follow through with their commitments to vote for it. Senate Majority Leader Reid has twice tried to get this done, and I am confident that he will be trying a third time.

Thus, the only important thing left to do is for literally everyone who cares about this to call both of his or her United States Senators – no matter what their stated position – and insist that this bill be allowed to come to a vote. Commitments from Senators to support repeal will mean nothing unless they equally firmly commit to making sure that the bill can come up for a vote.

Rep. Frank is exactly right that this bill deserves priority. While word is that the Administration badly wants to enact the START treaty, and I’m all for arms reduction, this bill has to be put ahead of that- for strategic reasons and for human rights reasons, as Rep. Frank said. I would hope it is given the priority it is due.

Also, he’s exactly right that commitments from Senators mean nothing unless they commit to allowing the bill to pass cloture. That also means no more hiding behind procedure and no voting for poison pill amendments. Whatever McCain and co. offer to try and screw over the bill, we will tell who our true friends are by how they vote on those amendments AND how they vote on repeal (and by the way, courtesy of Bob and Kathleen in the comments, bill text is here).

As of this post, every swing Senator I’ve identified is still a “no position” on the bill- some say they haven’t even read the text yet- so let’s keep the calls up. The list is here, and we’ve even got phone numbers for you. Ask them to support the Lieberman/Collins stand-alone bill, and leave what they say in the comments and on this page, where I’ve been reading every report. And if you want to go the extra mile, as Barney recommends, give your Senators a buzz.

Entry filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell.

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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kathleen  |  December 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    • 2. Ann S.  |  December 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm


      • 3. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm


        • 4. JonT  |  December 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm


  • 5. Rhie  |  December 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm


  • 6. anonygrl  |  December 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm


  • 7. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Will read this in more depth later this evening. But I agree, we all need to heat up the phone lines and load up their email boxes, as well as their snail mail and express mail boxes.

  • 8. Sagesse  |  December 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    The Senate is running out of excuses. It just has to come to a vote.

  • 9. JPM  |  December 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    There is a single man standing in the way of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell now: Harry Reid.

    It is his decision, and his alone, to either bring S.4023, A bill to provide for the repeal of the Department of Defense policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, to the floor of the Senate and see it through to a final vote or not.

    If I understand Senate procedures, it is his decision, and his alone, to decide whether to keep the Senate in session long enough to vote on this bill.

    Call Harry Reid NOW and tell him, as a citizen of the United States, you demand that he see through S.0423 the bill that will repeal this disgusting, discriminatory, and unconstitutional law:

    HARRY REID 202-224-3542!

    • 10. Freddy/Lar  |  December 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      JPM, don’t know if you heard or not but Reid is on record that he plans on keeping the Senate there until Jan 4 if the Republicans keep blocking legislature while waiting on the tax bill, granted time is getting short and there really is only 3 days left, but Reid has stated that the 111th congress runs until 4 Jan and he will keep them there if he has to.

      • 11. JPM  |  December 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

        I’ll believe that when I see it.

  • 12. Ronnie  |  December 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    (sighs) ……Ronnie

  • 13. Bob  |  December 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    wow he’s got the language right, “we have a right to insist that this bill be given the priority it deserves from a HUMAN RIGHTS perspective in America”

    that issue of HUMAN RIGHTS is sooo important in this case, that is exactly the point I brought up with Joe Lieberman, as a Canadian, who’s members in the military are your allies, and it’s citizens your neighbour it behooves me to point out your violation of the United Nations Human Rights Act..
    How can allied countries continue to justify their support of and lend their lives to fight alongside a country who violates the human rights treaty,,,the stand they take is a hypocracy which we presently must ignore, but cannot do so forever..
    As members of P8TT we are learning to fight for these rights, and actively follow this bill, allowing it to stop on the senate floor, where we implore the senators to do the right thing for humaanity, and lead the world, it is an opportunity we are affording them on this stop, because as history has shown human rights infractions cannot survive. If senators cannot see the call for what it is ,,,we are already pushing for the next stop at the courts… justice mujst prefvail, we will not tire, the goal is justice equality, human rights for all, by ending discriminatory policiies that stand in it’s way….. march on the Rainbow Tribe will not find peace in America until this is so, and then Americans will be fighting truthfully when we work towards human rights in other counties,,,like for example Uganda

  • 14. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    You can help tell Apple how proud you are of their removing the Manhattan Declaration through GLAAD:

    I certainly know I am proud of Apple (I don’t know how much it would cost me to remove their logo from my ankle.)

    • 15. StraightForEquality  |  December 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Done! I am an Apple stockholder and a Mac user, so I am proud that Apple has taken this position.

  • 16. Bob  |  December 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    done, thanks for posting this LLB

  • 17. ohbabs  |  December 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    my senators are Kyle and McCain. should I still call?

  • 18. Sagesse  |  December 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    They have to repeal DADT. It’s the only thing that will shut this man up.

    Marine general suggests repeal of ‘don’t ask’ could result in casualties

    • 19. aaron in san fran  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:15 am

      Why does this man have this job? Obama needs to fire him.

    • 20. fiona64  |  December 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

      Amos is a bigoted fool.


    • 21. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

      It would only cause a distraction for him because he would be jealous that the openly gay Marines would be getting more action than he would.

  • 22. Sagesse  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Most back repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ poll says

  • 23. Rowdy  |  December 15, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Both my Senators, Boxer and Feinstein as well as my Rep. Barbara Lee have all indicated they want to do away with DADT.

    This is so frustrating!


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