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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cloture On Defense Bill (With DADT Repeal and DREAM Act Included) FAILS

The vote was 56 to 43 and the cloture vote failed, mainly due to Reid arrogant posturing about not allowing any other amendments to be offered into. (Roll call will be at this link within the hour)

Harry Reid sabotaged his own bill. Amazingly enough, Reid had to know that adding the DREAM Act into the defense bill was going to kill this vote and doom it to failure as well as knowing that limiting any tyoe of addition amendments other than the three he already decided on, was also going to do the same thing.

Does he really think he garnered himself any more Nevadan's voted with this maneuver?

I am betting that the next polls shows him losing more votes than he gained here.

What a moron.

Now the Senate needs to get about it's business and pass the Defense bill, cleanly, without the political games Reid just tried and failed to play.

Our troops deserve that.

[Update] Collins, a DADT repeal supporter and a Republican and Voinovich both made similar points.


Collins made an eloquent case that the DADT policy is unfair and morally indefensible, that it is a waste of taxpayer resources and that other nations that don't similarly discriminate have seen no adverse consequences. But equally as troubling to Collins as the policy, she said, is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) failure to allow unlimited amendments to the defense bill.

"I find myself on the horns of a dilemma," said Collins. "I was the sole Republican in the committee that voted [to repeal DADT]. I think it's the right thing to do. I think it's only fair."

But, she said, refusing to allow unlimited amendments is an equal affront to decency. "That too is not fair," said Collins of Reid's decision. "I cannot vote to proceed to this bill under a situation that is going to shut down debate.

Voinovich, on DREAM Act inclusion:

I'm disappointed that Majority Leader Reid and Senate Democrats have chosen to turn the Defense authorization bill - crucial legislation for our troops in a time of war - into a messaging bill. Just as I said with my decision to support the small business bill, this is not a time for messaging from either side of the aisle. This is a time for action. If the Democrats are serious about passing this bill in a timely fashion, they wouldn't be attaching amendments that are not relevant to the common defense, in addition to making it impossible for Republicans to offer their own amendments to address concerns they have with the bill as voted out of the Armed Services Committee.

The DREAM Act deals with immigration and shouldn't be on this bill. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is a controversial issue that needs to be debated on the Senate floor but I believe it would be logical to wait for the Department of Defense to issue its report on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' At this point there is no reason to rush to judgment for political expediency until we hear from our military leaders as to whether they think it is a good idea to change this policy. I will carefully study this determination when it is completed.

If you look at history, we usually debate the Defense authorization bill for two weeks. If the Democrats are serious about getting this bill passed, Leader Reid should sit down with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and work out the amendment process. Unless that is done, I will not support cloture on the motion to proceed to this bill. (Source)