The U.S. Senate has had an incredibly busy week. Among other notable decisions, the Senate has passed a historical bill that repeals the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, passed the new food safety bill, and also hopes to pass a revised 9/11 bill.
Now you can ask and tell
The Senate has finally repealed the 17 year old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military only if they hid their orientation. With eight Republicans and Joe Lieberman (an independent) joining the Democrats, the bill passed with 65-31 votes. The House also passed the bill with 250 to 175 in favor of the bill. President Obama will sign the bill into law later this week. This is a huge victory for Obama who promised to end the hugely discriminatory policy, although it had to happen soon since in January the Republicans, many of whom don’t support the new bill, will have control of the House.