Gillibrand talks directly to Lady Gaga about DADT

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Senators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff CNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted Monday afternoon that she had just spoken with Lady Gaga, who has been lobbying the Senate ahead of Tuesday’s vote on a defense authorization bill that includes a repeal provision for “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT). 

“[I] thanked her for her advocacy,” said Gillibrand. “I asked her to keep pushing for DADT repeal.”

ADVERTISEMENT
Gaga had left a message with Gillibrand last week, prompting the senator to reach out on Twitter for another time to talk.

The Grammy Award-winning pop icon attended a rally in Portland, Maine, on Monday with veterans discharged by the DADT policy, which was implemented by President Clinton.

The outcome of Tuesday’s vote is unclear, as some Senate Republicans have threatened to filibuster. The two key votes will be cast by Maine Republican Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program A bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE, who voted to repeal the policy in committee but wants Republican amendments allowed on the bill, and Olympia Snowe, who hasn’t said how she’ll vote.