Sen. Harry Reid passes buck on DADT, suggests executive order instead

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Barack Obama and Harry ReidSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated in a press conference today that there are no plans in the Senate to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) as there are no sponsors for such a bill at this time. From the Advocate:

“I haven’t identified any sponsors,” he [Reid] said. “My hope is that it can be done administratively.”

A Democratic aide later clarified that Reid was speaking about the possibility of using an executive order to suspend discharges or perhaps halting enforcement of the policy by changing departmental regulations within the Department of Defense.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has continually said in recent months that President Barack Obama believes the only “durable solution” to repealing the military’s gay ban would be to do so through legislative action.

Now that the ball is back in Obama’s court, I can’t wait to hear Gibbs’ response.

Post by ILO on 06/15/09 at 2:53 pm