• 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Shot Down in Senate

    I'll tell ya, it'd be a real bummer if the Democrats lost control of the Senate in November. Because then they'd lose the ability to almost pass important legislation. And that would take a lot of the sting out of crushing defeat…

    Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said on Tuesday from the floor of the Senate that she would oppose efforts to advance debate of the defense spending bill, likely dashing hopes of those who want to overturn the military's "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy this year…

    Ms. Collins, who backs repeal of the policy, said she would nonetheless vote against moving forward with debate because of a dispute with the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, over whether Republicans would be allowed to offer amendments to the bill…

    If the Democrats can’t muster 60 votes to cut off debate, the delay on "don’t ask, don’t tell" would be a blow to gay activists [Ed note: No comment], members of a key White House constituency who fear that next year's Congress will be less sympathetic to a repeal of the 17-year-old ban.

    This isn't really all that surprising, though. This is some pretty unpopular legislation. I mean, nearly one-in-four people are opposed to repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

    Tags: DADT, Harry Reid, Military, Senate, Susan Collins


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