The big breakthrough on Don't Ask, Don't Tell came about a month ago, when Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) sat down with his Senate counterparts to tell them he had the votes to repeal DADT, Murphy told TPMDC in an interview today. That, he said, kick-started the Senate into action.
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"I told the leadership I have the votes, let's bring this up," Murphy said. He and House leaders then met with Sens. Joe Lieberman and Carl Levin, he said, "and then they started working once they realized we had the votes in the House."
"We did this together," he said.
Murphy got a big victory last night when, after a year of whipping votes one by one, his amendment passed the House in a vote of 234 to 194.