From NBC's Ken Strickland
Without explicitly saying how she'll vote tomorrow on whether to start debate on a bill which includes the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine seemed to echo a point many other Republicans against the bill have raised: a military review of the issue should be completed before the law is repealed.
"We should all have the opportunity to review that report which is to be completed on December 1, as we reevaluate this policy and the implementation of any new changes," Snowe said in a written statement this afternoon.
The support of the Maine senator and her state colleague Susan Collins are viewed a critical for Democrats who need 60 votes to start debate on the Defense Authorization bill, which included the DADT language. That vote is set for tomorrow at 2:15p.
Snowe was also very critical of Majority Leader Harry Reid's handling of the process. Republicans have complained that Reid would likely limit the number of amendments that could be offered on the bill.
"It is therefore imperative that Senate deliberations on the defense bill be conducted without limitations and in a manner that allows for the consideration of all related amendments that Senators may wish to offer," she said.