Senate Votes Against Starting Debate On “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
A 56-43 Senate vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward with repeal of the military policy of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” The vote also delays the “DREAM Act” which would provide a route to citizenship for those who served in the military or attended college.
A Republican-led filibuster on Tuesday blocked efforts to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military, shelving an Obama administration priority at least until after the November election.
The measure repealing the military policy banning gays from serving openly was part of the 2011 Defense authorization bill. Democrats tried to bring the bill up for consideration but failed to get the 60 votes necessary to overcome determined GOP-led opposition.
One would hope this is a matter of “when,” not “if,” but Republicans continue to be the party of “no” holding up progress on key issues.
Under the proposed legislation, repeal would take effect 60 days after completion of a Pentagon report on steps needed to ensure military readiness. The report is due in December. The House passed the repeal in the spring.
More than 13,500 service members have been discharged under the policy for being openly gay, experts say.Click here for reuse options!
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