Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings (D) submits and then immediately withdraws an amendment that would have prevented the military from using money to carry out the provisions of its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell: policy, which prevents gays from serving openly in the military.
The Democrat said he reluctantly pulled the measure under pressure from Democratic congressional colleagues and the White House. "I would, however, like to note that it is most unfortunate that we are not addressing Don't Ask, Don't Tell at this time," Hastings said in announcing his decision. "We should not be appropriating funds to enable qualified service members to be booted out just because they are honest about whom they are."
The congressman also took aim the White House for not providing leadership ON DADT. "What is the holdup, then? Last month, 76 of my colleagues and I sent a letter to President Obama urging him to take leadership on this issue and to work together with Congress to repeal this law. More than a month later, I have yet to receive an official response."
Read more of that letter here and the full list of/signatories. AFTER THE JUMP, watch MSNBC's Rachel Maddow explain why Rep. Hasting was "forced" to withdraw his measure. Oh and what a shock: Some "Democrats" and the Whie House want to "change" to DADT ... only years later.