Find secondary and primary sources associated with the repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" law in 2010. Take notes on what you learn, including sources.
- Using secondary sources, find background information on the repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" law in 2010. Record the information that you will need to gather further information about the bill:
Public law number:
Date signed by President:
- Who was the sponsor of the bill?
Use congress.gov > Legislation > (search for bill by Congress and bill number)
- Find out more about the sponsor's activities in 2010.
Use one of the key sources.
- Examine the first two pages of the introduced and final enrolled versions of the bill* and take note of the differences. Go on to the next step to find an explanation.
Use congress.gov > Legislation > (search for bill by Congress and bill number) > text > (choose the version)
- Look at the debate on the floor of the House on 15 December 2010 (beginning on pg. H8396, column 2). What is an explanation for the differences you saw between the introduced and enrolled versions of the bill?
Use congress.gov > Legislation > (search for bill by Congress and bill number) > actions > (all actions).
* The introduced version of a bill is the first version of the bill "as formally presented by a member of Congress to a clerk when the House is in session". The enrolled version is the "final official copy of a measure as passed in identical form by both chambers and then printed on parchment for presentation to the President".