Senate Majority "Leader" Harry Reid has "no" plans to introduce a bill to repeal the military's failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the Senate because there are no sponsors, reports The Advocate. Reid says, for now, the president can end DADT "administratively" which flatly contradicts what has been said by the White House.
"'I haven't identified any sponsors,' he 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."
Last week, the New York Times editorial page joined the growing chorus calling on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order suspending the military's gay ban, urging him to "see if there is indeed any action he could take on his own."
The White House says Congress should move on DADT. The Senate says they can't find any sponsors but the White House can do something now... It's like watching Abbott and Costello playing "Who's on first?" Polls show up to 70 percent of Americans support ending DADT. But if Harry Reid can't find one co-sponsor in the Senate and Obama refuses to take (temporary) action by signing an executive order, it's probably safe to assume that ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is not a priority of either Harry Reid or the President.
Reid: No Sponsors for DADT [Advocate]