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December 9, 2010

Senate Blocks DADT, Delays DREAM Act

Senate Republicans blocked an effort to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" today, garnering 57 of the 60 votes needed. The Senate attempted a vote in September to change the military's policy barring openly gay members from serving.

One Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, voted yes. The Wall Street Journal reports that other Republicans were willing to support the repeal but said the Senate needed to consider tax and spending legislation first.

The Senate delayed a vote on the DREAM Act, which carves out a path to legal status for foreign-born children brought to the United States illegally. The House passed the the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act Wednesday. Last week, Regent University President Carlos Campo was included on a White House conference call supporting the DREAM Act.

Comments

This is incorrect.Republicans did NOT get 57 votes. Republicans only had 40 votes, a minority, but sufficient to sustain their filibuster. What would be correct would be:

Senate Republicans blocked an effort to repeal "Dont Ask, Don't Tell" today, WITH DEMOCRATS garnering ONLY 57 of the 60 votes needed TO OVERCOME THE REPUBLICAN FILIBUSTER.

What a shame that Republicans have blocked these bills, which are supported both by a majority of the U.S. Congress and by a majority of the American people.

Amazing - only 40 Republicans stood btw the repeal of DADT and its implementation. (But I bet there was more than one Dem. that was happy it didn't pass.) I will have to call my Senator tomorrow morning and ask him what he has against sexual perversion gaining legitimacy.

Time to write my Senators to be sure that they do not do anything in support of the Nightmare (DREAM) act.