Rep. Murphy: Dems Have The Votes For DADT Repeal

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Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) told Greg Sargent today that Democrats have the votes in Congress to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’“We have the votes to get this done,” Murphy told Sargent. “I have 192 co-sponsors and commitments from dozens of others.”

Democrats reached a breakthrough yesterday on ending the military’s ban on gays when the White House gave its blessing to moving forward with a repeal proposal.

Murphy, who is expected to introduce legislation for repeal in the House today, also said that Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) “believe they have the votes” for the repeal in the Senate, and that he felt the Pentagon is committed to ending the policy. A vote could come in the House as early as Thursday.

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