The Senate Just Blocked The Defense Bill Including “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal…

This is a small triumph for the Republicans who, led this time by John McCain, filibustered the Defense Bill coming up for debate, and prevented the 60 votes (all Dems and Independents plus 1 Republican) needed by Harry Reid from happening.

Senate Majority Leader Reid needed those 60 votes to overcome Republicans led by McCain, but because he had attached debate on the DREAM Act and a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as amendments  he was stomped. Centrist Republican senators like Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine were considered crucial to this effort — but they were unwilling to cross the aisle during today’s vote.

So this means that, for now, the basic Defense Bill, which funds the military (who needs it to just keep operating) is not on the floor. I’m watching Senator Barbara Boxer on C-Span2 right now who is complaining about the inability to debate either the DADT amendment or the Dream Act Amendment. One point she make is that the only other countries in the world that don’t allow open gays in the military are Iran, Turkey, Cuba, North Korea, Egypt and a few others… Our friends, England, Germany, Austria, Canada, France and many more, allow open gay military service. Get the idea.

The ED Show summed it up pretty well last February:

The DREAM act, which allows children who are not citizens but were brought into their country by parents, can get a leading run to citizenship… and, also, to populate our military with thousands of people currently not allowed in… has been trying to get on the agenda for the last 10 years. This is something that really should be brought back up on the agenda again and again until it is passed.

Meanwhile, we are seeing this Congress’ major problem… the inability to get things done when Senators… and that is Republican Senators… Filibuster EVERYTHING, rather than letting majority rule.

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Posted on September 21, 2010, in campaign, Congress, Economics, Finance, history, Military, News, Opinion, Politics, Television, War, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Giving illegal aliens an advantage over those who wish to respect our laws and become citizens by following the law has no place in a defense bill.

    The video above that asks “What Countries Don’t Allow Gays In The Military?” is disingenuous. Gays ARE allowed to serve in the U.S. Military. This question reminds me of the old “When did you stop beating your wife? question.

    And since when does showing integrity and professionalism include sharing our sexuality?

    • Read the DREAM Act and then try this argument. This aids the military and the Dream Act has been supported by the Military since it was first proposed 10 years ago.
      The thing that is disingenuous is the fact that without “Open Service” means that only heterosexuality equates to “integrity and professionalism” and is, therefore, a sharing of sexuality (albeit an incorrect one)

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