Republican Sen Kyl: No plans to reverse repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy

The No. 2 Senate Republican said Monday that he didn’t plan to seek a repeal of this weekend’s vote to end “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), the GOP whip, suggested that Republicans — or at least he himself — wouldn’t look to undo the actions taken by Congress last week to lift the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

“No, I don’t have any plan in place,” Kyl said on Fox News on Monday when asked if he had a plan to repeal the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Kyl was one of the 31 Republicans who voted on Saturday against doing away with the policy. Eight Republicans broke ranks with the party’s leadership on the final vote to back repeal.

“I’m not sure, by the way, it’s going to be implemented all that quickly,” Kyl said. “Even those who favored it said this would take a long time to implement, because you’re dealing with a culture of the military that has not allowed this in the past. And especially for those combat units, for whom this has been particularly cumbersome, I think they’re going to take quite some time to implement it.”

Even if the GOP-held House next year were to vote to repeal the repeal, it seems unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would schedule a vote on such a measure in the Senate. Even if that were to advance, President Obama would be all but certain to veto it.

Obama is expected to sign the repeal of the Clinton-era law on Wednesday.

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