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BREAKING: Senate Rejects Defense Bill, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal in 57-40 Vote


The Senate has rejected S3454, the Defense Dept. appropriations bill containing a measure approving repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by a vote of 57-40

GOP Senators Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowski, and Democrat Joe Manchin all voted "no" on the measure. Senator Susan Collins, after leading the Republican charge against the bill, voted "yes".

The vote was preceded by an exchange between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Collins, in which they publicly aired their inability to come to terms on an agreement to vote on the measure.

The Courage Campaign has a semi-transcript of their exchange.

A disappointing and shameful day in American politics and civil rights. I guess HRC was lying when, after anger from the grassroots that there was no leadership form the President or Congress on the issue, they claimed there was a clear path to repeal.

I'll have the full roll call posted as soon as it's available. HERE IT IS.

Said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and a former U.S. Army interrogator who was discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in a statement:

"This was a major failure on the part of the Senate to simply do its job and pass an annual defense authorization bill. Politics prevailed over responsibility today, and now more than one million American servicemembers, including tens of thousands of gay and lesbian troops, are worse off as a result. Since the votes are there in isolation, the Senate should still consider a stand-alone bill to repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law before adjourning for the winter holidays."

Watch CNN announce the results and discuss the vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. unreal.

    Posted by: EO | Dec 9, 2010 4:08:57 PM

  2. And here starts the GOP reichwing again. How disappointing that the USA is so far behind in the times.

    Posted by: Justin | Dec 9, 2010 4:10:09 PM

  3. Lying sons of bitches.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 9, 2010 4:10:45 PM

  4. Depressingly sad that we allow blatant discrimination in our "free" country.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Dec 9, 2010 4:12:17 PM

  5. Yet another FAIL for the Dems.

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 9, 2010 4:13:51 PM

  6. I understand frustration of the Democrats, but this is why I won't vote for a Republican. They keep citing procedural reasons for a nay vote, but we all know they are just pandering further and further right. It's now up to Obama to get up and do something though i doubt he will....

    Posted by: Redebbm | Dec 9, 2010 4:15:36 PM

  7. I wish the majority of ACT UP hadn't died. Then these haters would see, hear, and feel who they impact. Who were the 3 who didn't vote?

    Posted by: bkd | Dec 9, 2010 4:15:43 PM

  8. 57 for it, 40 opposed. Thing is, we should have MADE them filibuster it. Not just bring it up and hope for 60 votes. MAKE THE REPUBLICANS WORK FOR IT! MAKE them call us names. MAKE them undermine the military. MAKE them do every underhanded disgusting thing that they can. Let the American public SEE the Republican party for what they are! But no, Harry Reid wouldn't make them do that. *sigh*

    Posted by: Walter H | Dec 9, 2010 4:16:21 PM

  9. who didn't vote? WTF?

    Posted by: tranquilo | Dec 9, 2010 4:17:09 PM

  10. Danny, how is this a fail for the Democrats? The vote needed GOP support, and it only got Collins. Like Harry Reid said, the GOP kept moving the goalposts on this thing. Very frustrating, but the fault lies with the GOP on this one!!

    Posted by: Albert | Dec 9, 2010 4:17:34 PM

  11. And the goddamn Log Cabin Heads...including those at Servicemembers United...are already claiming that none of this was the fault of the poor, innocent, gay-loving Repugs!

    Posted by: | Dec 9, 2010 4:19:15 PM

  12. Republicans are, once again, the scum of Earth.

    Posted by: Brent Z | Dec 9, 2010 4:20:20 PM

  13. What was Reid supposed to do? If he waits until a tax deal is finalized, there won't be time to debate it and it will fail anyway. Blame the real enemies: Republicans, especially Murkowski, Brown, and Snowe, who claim to support repeal but obviously prefer to play politics.

    Posted by: George | Dec 9, 2010 4:20:47 PM

  14. So, excuse my ignorance.. but does this mean it's over or can it be brought up again during the lame duck session? And if it can, will they?

    Posted by: deryk | Dec 9, 2010 4:21:39 PM

  15. Here's a Link for every U.S. Senator,

    I've sent an email to each of them who voted NO with one simple word,


    Posted by: wstsidelad | Dec 9, 2010 4:22:44 PM

  16. @walter H Unfortunately the rules of the Senate won't allow for a traditional filibuster, it is messed up which is why those rules need to be reformed. Overall the Senate in a whole needs to be reformed. The house has passed everything from DADT repeal to Dream Act and various other bills but have been jammed up in the blockade that is the Senate.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Dec 9, 2010 4:22:52 PM

  17. The Republicans were just cloture-teasing all along; even Collins deserves contempt considering her demands kept our hope alive and yet she only voted yes AFTER it was clear the bill had failed.

    This strategy was a huge failure on the part of Obama's, but that doesn't lessen the absolutely abysmal, anti-gay aggression on the part of ALL the Republican senators—every single one.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Dec 9, 2010 4:23:10 PM

  18. Totally pissed that the Senate did not tackle this issue LAST year.

    But today was not Harry Reid's fault..the Republicans keep moving the goal posts to stall.

    I can't believe we are even THINKING of compromising on tax cuts for the rich, seeing as how the Republicans have yet to compromise.


    Posted by: Parry | Dec 9, 2010 4:23:42 PM

  19. who didn't vote? WTF?

    There are 42 GOP senators. Add Manchin and you get 43. There were 40 nay votes, so the three abstainers are GOP.

    This takes the heat off Collins. I wonder who the next GOP appointed heat-taker will be.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 9, 2010 4:23:47 PM

  20. it failed this time for the same reason it did the last time. harry reid would not open the bill up for amendments and the republicans then threw a hissy fit declaring that if they couldn't debate and add amendments they would not vote to send the bill to the floor for debate. i say the votes for so called repeal of dadt are there but i don't see it ever getting to the floor when the dems refuse to allow amendments to the bill.

    Posted by: jw | Dec 9, 2010 4:24:06 PM

  21. Today has been a shameful day for the Senate. The health bill for 9/11 respondents and lower Manhattan residents failed, too.

    Posted by: bklynbryan | Dec 9, 2010 4:25:58 PM

  22. No.. The fault lies with BOTH parties here. The Dems had PLENTY of time to burn the midnight oil to work on their campaign promises before this lame duck session. All the talking heads tried to reassure us over and over that a strategy was in place.. yaddayaddayadda.. Well, yes some strategy.. wait until you BOMB in the elections and THEN bring it all up so the newly repowered GOP can hold all your legislation hostage so nothing can be accomplished...

    Great strategy.

    This should have been done EARLIER, QUICKER, and no more WHINING about time constraints of how long it takes things to get done. If you can't do the job you are elected to do, then don't run for bloody office.

    To borrow from one of the greatest comic book movies ever...

    "This town needs an enema"

    Posted by: Darren | Dec 9, 2010 4:28:03 PM

  23. Here's why this is mostly the fault of the Democrats: This issue should have come up for a vote a year and a half ago when the Democrats and the President still had some political capital to push it through. They wasted two years ignoring the promises they made to the people who elected them in 2008, that's why I'm more angry at the Democrats.

    Posted by: Ken | Dec 9, 2010 4:28:55 PM

  24. So we're three votes short of being equal human beings. The land of the free means jack shit. I'm sorry, but there's the proof.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Dec 9, 2010 4:30:07 PM

  25. Today was entirely Harry Reid's fault. The bigots told him all along what they wanted in return to vote for cloture. he didn't produce it, and he didn't wait until he could strike a bargain. That's entirely on him.

    We'll deal with this being a low priority for the fierce advocate at some future time.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 9, 2010 4:30:21 PM

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