"The House was expected to vote as early as Thursday on a proposal by Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Pennsylvania Democrat who served in the Iraq war, that would repeal the 1993 law known as 'don't ask, don't tell,'" the AP writes. "Also as early as Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee was expected to take up an identical measure, proposed by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn."
"Armed Services Republicans threatened Wednesday to filibuster the defense authorization bill if it comes to the floor with Democrat-backed language repealing the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy," Roll Call notes.
Meanwhile, "The chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines objected on Wednesday to a compromise plan to repeal the military's ban on allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly, a position that put them at odds with President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. In letters solicited by Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, who is opposed to repeal, the chiefs said they wanted Congress to delay voting on the issue until after Dec. 1, when the Pentagon is to complete a review of how the military should carry out the changes."
Roll Call: "Sen. Bob Menendez denounced the White House's decision to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the Mexican border as a 'submission' to demands by Republicans that the border be secured before passage of an immigration overhaul. In a statement released by his office Tuesday evening, the New Jersey Democrat also took a shot at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has dropped his support for comprehensive legislation in favor of a border security approach. Menendez argued that the border must be part of a broader bill."