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An effort to repeal the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces, went down to defeat Tuesday afternoon, with Senate Democrats and Republicans unable to move past a procedural-vote impasse.
In the face of a promised filibuster by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Democrats could not convince a single GOP senator to cross over and provide the 60th vote needed to begin debate on a defense spending bill that included the repeal measure. The vote to open debate failed, 56-43, as Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) joined Republicans to block the bill from moving forward.
Originally posted by mnemeth1
reply to post by Southern Guardian
I see you are a warmonger in favor of massive military spending and endless war for empire.
Originally posted by Misoir
This would have looked bad if I was in office. While I am vehemently opposed to any form of enforced inequality I am also vehemently opposed to a military budget larger than 0.5% of GNP. I would have to vote no on this bill.
But what happened to that old line the Republicans would use against Democrats who opposed the spending bill? Didn't it go something similar to this, 'Democrats just want our troops to die' or something like that?
Originally posted by TheOneElectric
Guess who is constantly guaranteeing they change the midterm voting history of America based upon their two letter responses to anything positive?
Go ahead, guess.
Originally posted by Southern Guardian
So what was the reasoning for the GOP behind blocking the bill?
Originally posted by L1U2C3I4F5E6R
It would most likely be the same old story. Bullying. Bullying is already rife with Military units
I must admit that Gays are high maintenance and would just want all rules and laws changed in their favor. And then there would be the fashion, with the gay men asking for frills and lavish hats
Everyone has a use and should not be discounted. IN the UK military they have the Welsh Fusiliers and the Scots Guards, so my point is proven. Each group can be used to their strengths.
Originally posted by links234
One of the three amendments on this bill is the DREAM Act,
Senator McCain actually co-sponsored the idea in 2007, but now says it allows unfair amnesty.
Originally posted by adifferentbreed
Hmmmmmm, the Democrats passed healthcare without Republican support........but couldn't pass this? Yup, lay it all at the Republicans feet, NOT! This didn't pass for a number of reasons, but keep on with the Republicans are to blame.......wow, and we are supposed to deny ignorance.