In my debate commentary below, I could not recall a vote in the Senate or House regarding Bill Clinton’s policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” I doubted there had been one since I thought that the measure had been enacted through Executive Order.
It turns out there was such a vote codifying the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” order in the House of Representatives just as Bill Richardson stated.
However, he stated in the debate that he voted against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Not so say the record keepers.
He voted for the provision which passed 301-143.
There are just a lot of votes to remember I guess. Tough to remember them all.
— Steve Clemons
UPDATE: Steve Ralls of Service Members’ Legal Defense Fund has an excellent update on the confusion over Richardson’s votes on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. I think that Ralls removes any doubt about Bill Richardson’s commitment to a policy better and different than the failed policy that the Department of Defense is now using.