Last night, the Senate did not vote on the defense spending bill, which includes language to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Senator Susan Collins who represents the moderate Republicans in negotiations with Senator Reid, had a number of concerns stalling consideration of the bill. She and Senator Reid struggled to reach a deal regarding the time for debate and the number of amendments that could be considered when addressing the bill. Once they reached agreement, she said she will not support moving forward unless the tax bill is voted upon first. Without Senator Collins’s support, other moderates won’t support repeal. Despite these road blocks, a vote on the defense spending bill could take place early this afternoon should time permit.
Senate Schedule for Thursday, December 09, 2010:
9:30 a.m.: Senate convenes, and begins with debate on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
11:00 a.m.: Senate takes up 2 postponed cloture votes from last night – one on the DREAM Act, and ones on the 9/11 Responders Healthcare Bill. Both of these bills need 60 votes to proceed.
After these 2 votes: If either of these votes fail, Senator Reid could call up a motion to reconsider the defense spending bill. Again, 60 votes are necessary to proceed to debate of the legislation.
If you are interested in watching the events unfold, be sure to tune into C-SPAN2 and click on the live webcast here.
Again, the vote is very, very close. Please urge senators to vote with the Majority Leader, Chairman Levin and Senator Lieberman to support the cloture vote to proceed to the Defense bill by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202-224-312) today and ask to be patched through to your Senators’ offices. If you don’t know who your senators are, please click here to access our action alert center and type in your zip code to locate them. Thanks for helping to move equality forward!