Despite Growing Doubts, White House Denies Telling House Members Not To Vote On DADA Repeal This Year

Okay, the whole back and forth of the will-they-won’t-they DADT repeal efforts are turning into old-fashioned tennis match — all kinds of back and forth and not a lot happening.

Yesterday, AMERICAblog reported that a White House source had told them that the White House liaison office had asked the House to not include a DADT in this year’s Defense Authorization Bill. Last night, an anonymous White House denied it. Which would be good news, if, in fact, that were true. Which it might not be.

The anonymous source contacted both Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner and AMERICAblog’s John Aravosis, saying:

These rumors are blatantly false. The President has been clear in his desire to see Congress repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the Department of Defense is already moving forward with its own review. The Office of Legislative Affairs continues to engage lawmakers, and at no time has the White House asked any Member to take this issue off the table.

Geidner writes that Barney Frank, who has been critical of the lack of White House leadership on repealing DADT this year, said of the original report, “We have heard no word of that whatsoever. From what I can tell you, that’s just wrong.”

But Aravosis thinks the anonymous White House statement is “odd.” And points to a Roll Call story about House Majority Leader Hoyer’s statements on Tuesday regarding DADT:

HRC’s Herwitt has said her group will press to add the repeal to the defense authorization measure, but Hoyer said House leaders have no plans to do that.

Coming up, the second set!

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