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UPDATED: GOP filibusters DADT repeal again

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The Senate Thursday afternoon rejected an attempt to bring the defense authorization bill to the floor, effectively killing the prospects for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell this year, and likely for years to come. The vote was 57 to 40, three votes shy of the sixty required to break the Republican filibuster. But there may still be another way to make repeal happen this year.

It was a dramatic finish and, undoubtedly, viewers saw on the Senate floor just the tip of the iceberg in negotiations that sought to bring about repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the floor at about 3 o’clock, saying he had had tried “every possible way to move forward” on the defense authorization bill, which contains language to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But in the end, said Reid, Republicans were clearly bent on killing the repeal.

Reid: “I’ve bent over backwards to find a way to get this bill done, I’ve already talked about that. But it’s clear that Republicans, led by a few of them, don’t want to have a vote on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. They’re all doing what they can to stand in the way of the bill.”

But Republican Susan Collins of Maine, who has been the GOP’s chief negotiator on the measure, rushed to the floor to say she was baffled at Reid’s decision to go ahead and hold a vote on cloture before the two sides had agreed to a way to proceed on the bill.

Collins herself voted to bring repeal to the floor for debate. Then Collins and Independent Joe Lieberman announced in a Tweet following the vote that they would introduce a free-standing bill to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Lieberman said Senator Reid has agreed to bring it to the floor this month.

–Lisa Keen, Keen News Service


Written by OutQ News staff

December 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

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