Pennsylvania Representative Patrick Murphy said Tuesday that Democrats have sufficient votes to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the Washington Post reported.

Speaking to the paper, Murphy, an ardent supporter of repeal and the lead sponsor of the repeal measure in the House, said that by his head count the measure will sail through the House.

“We have the votes to get this done,” he said. “I have 192 co-sponsors [in the House] and commitments from dozens of others.”

Murphy also said Senators Joe Lieberman, the lead sponsor of repeal in the Senate, and Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, “believe they have the votes” in the Senate.

The Army vet's remarks come as both sides of Congress prepare to take up key votes on repealing the Clinton-era law that bars gay troops from serving openly.

Support from moderate Democrats in the Senate was shored up Tuesday after President Barrack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates backed a compromise measure that delays implementation of repeal until after a Pentagon study is complete and Obama, Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, agree on the policy changes.

Supporters of repeal have captured at least one Republican vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee. Senator Susan Collins of Maine announced Tuesday she'll vote in favor of repeal. The committee is expected to vote Thursday on repeal.