Senate Armed Services Cmte Chairman Carl Levin, D-MI, who earlier this week said he favors a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, a long-standing ban on gay's serving openly in the armed forces, tonight told Fox News the first hearing on the subject COULD occur as early as NEXT WEEK.

 

Levin stressed that he first needed to talk to his cmte GOP counterpart, Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, about whether or not they could use a previously-scheduled hearing with DOD Secy Robert Gates and Joints Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen on the budget to also ask about a repeal of the policy.

 

Months ago, Levin advocated a thorough canvassing of the troops, to the lowest ranks, and no doubt that will be a question.