'DADT' Repeal Stalls as Senate Motion to Invoke Cloture Fails


Efforts to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" faltered today as the Senate voted 56-43, refusing to approve a motion to invoke cloture and move to consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act, containing both the DREAM Act and the DADT repeal amendments.

60 votes were needed to proceed.

Very disappointing.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted "no" on the motion to invoke cloture, reportedly a procedural move so he can bring the bill back to the floor at some point for another vote. If Reid had voted "yes", that would not be possible.

Said Alexander Nicholson, founder and Executive Director of Servicemembers United:

"Today's vote is a failure of leadership on the part of those who have been duly elected to serve this nation and to put the best interests of the country ahead of partisan politics. The Senate could learn a good lesson from those who serve in uniform and who stand to benefit from proceeding to debate on this bill - serving this country means putting politics aside and getting the job done. It is simply inexcusable that this vote failed today."

Said Army veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis:

"Today’s Senate vote was a frustrating blow to repeal this horrible law. We lost because of the political maneuvering dictated by the mid-term elections. Let’s be clear: Opponents to repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ did not have the votes to strike those provisions from the bill. Instead, they had the votes for delay. Time is the enemy here. We now have no choice but to look to the lame duck session where we’ll have a slim shot. The Senate absolutely must schedule a vote in December when cooler heads and common sense are more likely to prevail once midterm elections are behind us. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network will continue to take this fight to the American people, the vast majority of whom support repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”


YES - 56

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Goodwin (D-WV)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Reed (D-RI)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NO - 43

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
** Lincoln (D-AR) **
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
** Pryor (D-AR) **
** Reid (D-NV) [procedural vote so he can bring the measure back up] **
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting - 1

Murkowski (R-AK) 

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  1. So sad to think that nothing can happen in today's senate without 60 effing votes. But when it comes to a 3-point victory in a ballot initiative, then the voter has spoken! How dare you question the 50% + 1!!!!

    Posted by: DN | Sep 21, 2010 3:04:47 PM

  2. Reid voted no, a sign he'll reconsider it sometime...after the elections? GOOD luck. It's so dispiriting. If anything good comes of it, I hope it will fire up young people to vote against Republicans. Because while the Dems sure haven't been great on gay issues, more Republicans just pushes the goalposts further and further away. Truly disgusted.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 21, 2010 3:06:29 PM

  3. And now we rely on the judicial decision.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Sep 21, 2010 3:08:57 PM

  4. where's the roll call?

    Posted by: Mike C. | Sep 21, 2010 3:12:34 PM

  5. Which dems voted against this, My fingers are ready to type a nasty email to those folks

    Posted by: kevin dement | Sep 21, 2010 3:12:35 PM

  6. The only silver lining is that the DADT repeal is attached to the Defense Spending Authorization Bill which must be taken up again and passed eventually. Possibly in a lame duck session.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 21, 2010 3:14:36 PM

  7. I myself am a gay veteran. I was raised in a family of all military members and grew up always feeling that I had to give back...to all the men and women who supported my family and most of all my country. I was one of many who went to Capitol Hill in Washington DC and lobbied to try and make our voice heard. Now it appears that they weren't listening. It breaks my heart to see so many of the things happening in our country today happening. The Republican party has accused the Democrats that this is nothing more than a "political move" to appease us. I won't go into the hypocrisy of that statement and everything for which that party stands, but it still amazes me that so many people out there refuse to see the effect and impact of this and so many other battles we fight every day. To you my Conservative brother was nothing more than a political issue, something that was written on a piece of paper that would never really impact your life. This was my life, and is for so many other men and women who fight for your right to demean us and take away our rights. I still believe that our day will come, but it makes wonder if and when I will be able to see it myself.

    Posted by: Crispy | Sep 21, 2010 3:15:46 PM

  8. bigger picture, there shouldn't even be votes on civil rights issues, period. this is a civil rights issue which makes it a constitutional issue, not a military issue, not a legislative issue.

    Posted by: mld | Sep 21, 2010 3:17:40 PM

  9. Blanche Lincoln (D)-Arkansas, who will lose re-election, voted against it. Maybe she'll come around in the lame duck session after her loss.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 21, 2010 3:18:41 PM

  10. Waste of time- absolute waste of time calling, sending letters, emails and the like to the Congress.

    This is a fight which has to go to the streets. That's the only way to put populist pressure on Congress. It's the tool people use in a civil rights struggle.

    And I don't think those in support of equal civil rights for LGBT persons have the stomach for a street fight. Sadly.

    Posted by: jim neal | Sep 21, 2010 3:18:41 PM

  11. The votes would have been there if the President would have shown some leadership but he did not. If he is so disinterested in doing his job why not step down and allow Vice President Joe Bidden to lead our country?

    Posted by: InExile | Sep 21, 2010 3:21:13 PM

  12. A real bummer but not unexpected, especially with the so-called GOP moderate Senators siding with their anything-but-moderate party these days. Good luck to Sen. Reid bringing it up again in the future. I'm afraid it won't have any better chances no matter what McCain and his ilk state about voting after the Pentagon releases its study in December. And, what's with the Prez appointing another homophobe to head the Marine Corps? Jeez, are all their top leaders mired in the Dark Ages??

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 21, 2010 3:21:59 PM

  13. if this surprises you, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you....

    Posted by: gaylib | Sep 21, 2010 3:23:51 PM

  14. What a shock...LOL! Now the dems will predictably spin this to their advantage by claiming that the repubs are antimilitary and antitroop, and tell the poor suckers who counted on this that well, shucks...they tried...

    And the republicans will say that they were opposed to the wasteful spending in the bill and DADT repeal (in light of more "discussion" and studies)...leaving us...where we are.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 21, 2010 3:24:46 PM

  15. Beyond pathetic...even conservative pols put public support for the repeal of DADT at over 60%...

    The Senate is a broken institution...held hostage by it's very design that gives 2 votes to dumbfuck, hick, born-again hellholes of a state...while civilized mulit-million-population states have no power to honor the desires of their residents.

    Die, McStain, die already...you old pathetic vote whore...way to end your career on a douchebag note.

    Posted by: Dennis | Sep 21, 2010 3:25:48 PM

  16. The 2 Arkansas Democrats voted against cloture.

    I have a feeling the gay community is somehow going to blame "Obama and Democrats" for this -- The problem, however, was with "moderates." The 2 "moderate" Democrats from Arkansas, who should not even count as Democrats if they cannot even vote for CLOTURE (regardless of how they would vote on the final bill).

    But this shows us that there is truly no such thing as a moderate Republican. Where are Collins, Snowe and Brown? They might as well be teabaggers. The vitriol belongs with these 5 more than any other. Elections matter -- THE ELECTIONS THIS NOVEMBER MATTER. There are stark differences between the parties, and major ramifications for Democrats throwing a snit and staying home. Punishing 57 Democrats because 5 moderates are asswipes will not move equality forward. The voters of Arkansas, Maine, and Massachusetts hoisted this upon us.

    Posted by: Scott | Sep 21, 2010 3:26:21 PM

  17. Perhaps it's time for all gay servicemen/women to just start TELLING!

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 21, 2010 3:27:23 PM

  18. good lord. America is stuck in the stone ages. WTF ? You really are the only country in the civilized world that seems to have an issue with this. What kind of people have you elected to office ?

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 21, 2010 3:30:56 PM

  19. What did we really expect from these super rich elite out of touch OLD,TIRED WHITE men and a handful of OLD mega weathly white women that make up the United States Senate?

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 21, 2010 3:31:03 PM

  20. The Login Cabin Republicans, GOProud and other Republican gays can just can it with their "The Republican Party is a viable alternative" BS. Clearly, no, they aren't.

    They aren't even willing to let the Senate DEBATE "pro-gay" laws, choosing instead of filibuster them because they know that open debate on the subject would probably end up in repeal.

    Suck on that the next time you even CONSIDER voting for them. Is a few extra bucks in your bank really worth a lack of civil rights?

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Sep 21, 2010 3:31:54 PM

  21. At least in Ireland and the UK they threw eggs at the asshole Blair......
    Now let's get the Senators who don't want equal rights for us........
    It's egg time !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 21, 2010 3:33:24 PM

  22. DISGUSTING on the part of Sen Collins who hides behind her politics over policy meme...
    Time to take her down when her term is up

    And since we are talking about this as POLITICS...fault lies with Pres OBAMA and his cud of a commander RAHM for allowing their choice of MArine Commander to go before the Armed Services today...


    Posted by: mcNnyc | Sep 21, 2010 3:34:09 PM

  23. "Is a few extra bucks in your bank really worth a lack of civil rights?"

    You mean like now? Yeah, it is. I wouldn't be voting for the republicans for that reason, but I wouldn't blame someone who did, because it doesn't matter to civil rights. Spin spin spin!

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 21, 2010 3:34:22 PM

  24. The whole thing is so phoney. If the Democrat leadership really cared about this bill, they wouldn't have added on so many other non-related issues (like the DREAM Act). Further, they would have let the amendatory process be open instead of restricting it.

    DADT already would have been repealed if our "Fierce Advocate" Obama put his muscle into it earler in his term and the Democrat leadership in Congress really cared. Instead, they tried this phoney election-season charade to try and fool people into thinking this was a priority.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Sep 21, 2010 3:36:00 PM

  25. I don't know why, but I am directing my anger at Obama. I am so incrediblhy frustrated with him. Pathetic he went from the hope of a generation to a one-termer. Trust.

    Posted by: fred | Sep 21, 2010 3:37:13 PM

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