ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to bring to the Senate floor next week the 2011 defense authorization bill that includes a repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, aides said today.
Reid informed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of his decision during a meeting this afternoon.
Earlier this year Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., objected to bringing up the bill because of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal and a provision permitting abortions to take place at military hospitals provided federal funds are not used.
The House voted earlier this year to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
Reid’s decision to bring up the defense bill means that it will likely be the one major piece of legislation that the Senate tackles before the November mid-term elections. Later this week Reid and Democrats hope to finish work on a small business bill that has been stalled since earlier this summer.
- Matthew Jaffe