Sam Stein reported yesterday:
Congressional negotiators and White House officials are moving forward with plans to add the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell to the upcoming defense authorization bill, Democratic sources tell the Huffington Post.
Barney Frank doesn't think it matters whether it is included in the bill or not:
"People should not be worried about whether it’s done in committee or not. That is a procedural detail that will have no effect on the final outcome." Frank noted that a floor vote on repeal would take place either way whether or not the Armed Services Committees vote to incorporate an end to the policy in their FY 2011 Defense bill.
“If the committee puts it in, there will be a vote to knock it down. If the committee doesn’t put it in, there will be a vote to add it. In both cases, I am confident that we will have the votes on the floor to pass it,” he said of a vote in the House. “In fact, my recommendation would be if there’s any difficulty, not to waste efforts trying to get it in committee, but to add it as an amendment on the floor.”