By Sara Sciammacco, Capitol News Connection
Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin supports the stand-alone measure to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, but says time is running out to get it through this Congress. Supporters of the stand-alone bill want it brought to the floor before the lame duck session ends.
Cardin stopped short of saying a repeal of DADT is dead in this Congress, but didn't express much hope because there is so little time left before lawmakers adjourn.
"We have the votes, but we don't have the extraordinary numbers needed to break filibusters and the procedural roadblocks that I am afraid the Republicans are going to put in the path of repeal. It will take a minimum of three days to get through the Senate floor and that's if we stop and don't do anything else," Cardin says.
He says the bill would then need approval of the House and a conference committee before it can get to the President’s desk.
A spokesman for Virginia Sen. Mark Warner says the senator would also support the stand-alone measure. Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has not yet weighed in on the new approach.