A spokesman for Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday blamed Republicans for stalling on "Don't ask, don't tell," even as many considered the repeal effort to be dead in the water.

"@SenatorReid strongly supports repeal of #DADT but he can't do it alone," Jim Manley tweeted Monday afternoon. "@Senate_GOPs need to agree to at least debate the issue." 

According to The Wall Street Journal, however, Manley's effort comes in vain: The provision to repeal the controversial policy might be stripped entirely from the defense appropriations bill during negotiations between Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) of the Armed Services Committee.

The bill lacked the necessary 60 procedural votes to advance in September. Many expected it to return to the floor during the lame-duck session.