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House Passes Standalone Don't Ask, Don't Tell Bill


That process will be sped along by House passage of the bill today. Once the House is done with it, an affirmative vote in the Senate would send it straight to President Obama for a virtually assured signature.

Today, the White House urged members of the House to pass the standalone bill, saying the measure "is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces."

What the Senate will do with DADT once the House is done with it remains a very open question. Though advocates of the Senate's standalone bill, led by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), say they have the votes to get it passed, no one has said whether or where the bill will find room in the ever-shrinking legislative calendar.