White House Asks for a Hold on DADT hearing

It's being reported this morning that the White House has asked Sen. Carl Levin (D), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to ask him to hold off on a hearing that would consider repealing "Don't Ask, don't tell".

The hearing was expected to be at the end of January, some believe the target date was to be on Jan. 28, the day after the President's first State of the Union address. Any issue discussed in committee requires public notification prior to the hearing. The new target date is Feb. 11, according to a source close to the matter. 
According to TheHill.com:
"Levin was told to hold off on announcing the hearing until after the president’s address Wednesday, according to a Senate aide. Levin was also told that Obama will address the issue of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in his speech on Wednesday, but Levin does not know what’s in the speech, the aide added. Levin also mentioned this in a huddle with reporters on Monday.

A source familiar with some details of the initial draft of the State of the Union said it would address the repeal of the controversial law. Obama has made it his campaign promise to repeal the Clinton-era law. Obama has come under increasing pressure from gay-rights advocates to move on the repeal."

What do you think the President will say about "Don't Ask, don't tell" in his speech?


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