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good grief

MSNBC: A key procedural vote on the bill containing a repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy failed Thursday, likely dealing a final blow to advocates who hoped to overturn the 17-year old ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military during this session of Congress.

Democrats needed 60 votes to advance the Defense Authorization bill for debate on the floor. The vote failed, 57-40.
Ultimately, Majority Leader Harry Reid called for the vote without having reached a procedural agreement with moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who supports repeal but wanted greater openness for the process of amending and passing the bill. Collins voted aye on the measure, but other Republicans who support repeal but had voiced similar procedural concerns — Sens. Scott Brown and Lisa Murkowski — voted no.

One Democrat, newly-elected Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, broke with his party to vote no.

President Obama: “Despite having the bipartisan support of a clear majority of Senators, a minority of Senators are standing in the way of the funding upon which our troops, veterans and military families depend. This annual bill has been enacted each of the past 48 years, and our armed forces deserve nothing less this year.”

“I am extremely disappointed that yet another filibuster has prevented the Senate from moving forward with the National Defense Authorization Act. Despite having the bipartisan support of a clear majority of Senators, a minority of Senators are standing in the way of the funding upon which our troops, veterans and military families depend. This annual bill has been enacted each of the past 48 years, and our armed forces deserve nothing less this year.

“A minority of Senators were willing to block this important legislation largely because they oppose the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As Commander in Chief, I have pledged to repeal this discriminatory law, a step supported by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and informed by a comprehensive study that shows overwhelming majorities of our armed forces are prepared to serve with Americans who are openly gay or lesbian. A great majority of the American people agree. This law weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness, integrity and equality.

“I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Armed Services Committee Chairman Levin, and Senators Lieberman and Collins for all the work they have done on this bill. While today’s vote was disappointing, it must not be the end of our efforts. I urge the Senate to revisit these important issues during the lame duck session.”


6 Responses to “good grief”


  1. 1 collegekay
    December 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Im so fed up with republicans. I’m so done.

    • 2 AnitaW
      December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      I agree with you, but this is only a small taste of what the next two years will be like. A small taste.

    • 3 Jessica
      December 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      The Congress is so full of fail right now.

    • 4 Lou
      December 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      I am so sick of them all – Repubs and Dems. They just play games with our lives so they can one up on each other. The President has no allies in either house of congress. That’s why we (his real base) have really got to have his back and support him in whatever way we can!

  2. December 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    HIS FIGHT IS MY FIGHT!!!

    • 6 hgerhard
      December 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

      Mine,too. I am making a new “to do” list for every day and it will include at least one action to support the President I love.


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