Earlier today the Senate rammed through a stand-alone bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), the 1993 law prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military. The cloture motion for the bill passed by a vote of 63 33.
Now that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) was able to procure the 60 votes needed to get cloture and proceed with a vote, only a simple majority of 51 is needed to pass this bill. That vote has now also taken place and the bill passed. The vote on final passage was 65 31.
All 42 Republicans had signed a letter saying theyd vote on no legislation until the government was funded and tax cuts passed…yet the following six Republicans did vote for cloture: Brown (Massachusetts), Collins (Maine), Kirk (Illinois), Murkowski (Alaska), Snowe (Maine), Voinovich (Ohio) all voted for DADT despite the government not being funded.
Click here to see how your Senators voted on the cloture motion, the vote that made the difference. Please call your Senators to say thank you if they voted NO on cloture. And please call your Senators to express (politely) your disappointment if they voted YES. The Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121. If you do not know your Senators, click here.
Another disturbing bill that Senator Reid tried to push through today is the DREAM Act, a backdoor amnesty bill that automatically provides citizenship to children of illegal immigrants and defines children as sons or daughters up to the age of 35. The cloture motion on that bill failed 55 41 and we expect the bill is dead for the remainder of the lame duck session.
Chief Executive Officer
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee