“Enough!” said Republican Patrick Murphy who sponsored this bill “Our troops are the best of the best and they deserve a Congress that puts their safety and their collective national security over rigid partisan interests and a closed-minded ideology.”
The White House and the Pentagon applauded the vote:
"The process contained in this legislation allows for a smooth and responsible repeal of 'don’t ask, don’t tell' in a way that maintains good order and discipline in our military ranks," wrote President Barack Obama in a statement. "Indeed, all of the Service Chiefs have said that when this law is changed, they will implement an orderly transition effectively and efficiently. As the comprehensive study by the Department of Defense clearly shows, we can move to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and our national security."
What is the next step?
This bill will be sent to the Senate. It still need 60 votes to pass and repeal definitively don't ask, don't tell.
House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, Murphy and 7 pro-repeal groups urged the Senate to vote in favor of the repeal.
“Today’s vote by the House of Representatives provides another resounding indication that 'don’t ask, don’t tell' can and should be repealed legislatively this year,” said the statement made by the pro-repeal groups.
It is not sure that the vote will happend before the end of the year because some other bills like the DREAM Act are considered priority.
But an aide to Senator Reid told an associated press: "We still plan to consider 'don't ask, don't tell' before the end of the year."
To be continued...