Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Republicans Block Debate on DADT

NY Times: Senate Republicans voted unanimously blocked debate of the bill — the huge, annual authorization of military programs — after the majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, said he would attach a number of the Democrats’ election-year priorities to it while also moving to limit the amendments offered by Republicans.
The vote was 56 to 43, with Democrats falling short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and take up the bill. The Arkansas Democrats, Senators Blanche L. Lincoln and Mark Pryor, sided with all 41 Republicans in opposing debate.


jhw22 said...

They don't really oppose debate. They oppose time-limited debate and amendments relevant to the discussion. They'd love to talk and talk and talk until election day.

In some ways, this should be more motivation for Dems to vote. If we want to get past this BS, we can't lose anymore seats and we need more.

If Dems stay home on election day then hopes of repealing DADT and the DREAM Act will be gone. And as much as some people are mad at Obama, they can't blame him for them staying home.


Annette said...

What a bunch of douchebags... all of them.. jerks. What part of the "will of the people" do they not understand.

NowhereMan said...

I'm not surprised about the vote but seriously,the WH knew it wasn't going to pass, so why not make Obama and all the spineless Democrats running for office to make a lot of noise about it weeks before the vote?That way they could've crowed about it loudly after the Republicans knocked it down!
Instead we get these vanilla response by the WH and with the exception of Carl Levin,the Democrats in Congress?Don't they know the meaning of the word strategy?