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Republicans block bill to lift military gay ban
Associated Press ^ | September 21, 2010 | ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 09/21/2010 2:34:24 PM PDT by PMAS

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation that would have repealed the law banning gays from serving openly in the military. The partisan vote was a defeat for Senate Democrats and gay rights advocates, who saw the bill as their last chance before November's elections to overturn the law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

With the 56-43 vote, Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. It also would have authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops.

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1 posted on 09/21/2010 2:34:26 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: PMAS

The Republicans blocked the bill with only 40 Republicans voting — what a joke


2 posted on 09/21/2010 2:35:08 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: PMAS

‘Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed’

Not Republicans.


3 posted on 09/21/2010 2:36:04 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: PMAS
It also would have authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops.

Watch for a future AP article titled "Republicans block pay raise for troops".

4 posted on 09/21/2010 2:38:29 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: PMAS

We can’t block anything! We are the little baby in the Federal Gov’ment, but wait till Nov. 2 2010. We a going to grow a pair that will shock the world. Peter Jennings will be spinning! The power of the pi**ed-off people is going to change everything!

P.S. We just want a constitutional government. Is that too much to ask??


5 posted on 09/21/2010 2:41:36 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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To: PMAS

interesting how they have the majority, having said that, I am happy it did not pass so are a whole bunch of military folks I bet! The left will try to use it against us. We know what is going on.


6 posted on 09/21/2010 2:43:23 PM PDT by ColdOne (November and Beyond! Do not vote for Obama Republicans! :^)))
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To: PMAS

AP lies to cover for democrat party again. Democrats have majority...it was democrat votes that stopped this bill.


7 posted on 09/21/2010 2:43:54 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: Jean S

Buttocited Press needs to voice WHY “don’t ask don’t tell” is such bad policy when homosexual journalists won’t tell their readers WHY these issues are so important to them.


8 posted on 09/21/2010 2:50:17 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: PMAS

Wow - when did the GOP regain control of the Senate?

I must have missed that little tidbit of news.

Time to stop sniffing Ajax, I guess.


9 posted on 09/21/2010 2:54:11 PM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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To: PMAS

Wouldn’t repealing DADT actually be a step back for the gays in the militaty, or was there something else in the bill which would both repeal DADT and change the rules that were in place before DADT?


10 posted on 09/21/2010 2:54:13 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: PMAS

This is a great bill, in that it really exemplifies some of the political shenanigans that take place in politics.

The Republicans kill the bill because they don’t support changing “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell.” Then some wanker comes along in a few years and takes a Republican to task for not backing a pay raise for the military.

“Yeah, he voted against giving the troops a raise!”


11 posted on 09/21/2010 2:55:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: highlander_UW
AP lies to cover for democrat party again. Democrats have majority...it was democrat votes that stopped this bill.

In this case, though, I don't think the AP is doing the Democrats any favors (though they are trying). The idea that Republicans are stopping the repeal of DADT against the gay-loving Democrats will increase support for Republicans. The few left-wing nutjobs who would have been miffed at Dems for stopping the bill would still have voted Dem anyway, so nothing lost there.
12 posted on 09/21/2010 2:57:11 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: PMAS

Nothing like actually waiting and asking the Military for their opinions. Very unlike Congress to go ahead without caring about the military’s thoughts... He it’s an election year, and the left is yearning for results - damn the military.


13 posted on 09/21/2010 2:57:55 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Jean S

re: “Republicans block pay raise for troops”

You can bet that will be the major talking point of all the Libs until another convenient lie comes along. I see some faint hope that perhaps, just perhaps, the Republicans will grow a pair and make sure no one fails to hear how they prevented not a pay raise for the military but rather a move that was very unpopular with the troops who risk their lives and safety around the world!

This has been the Libs’ little trick for way too long and it’s usually worked like a charm because Republicans have or, or refused to, mount a campaign to offset the spin from the Left.


14 posted on 09/21/2010 2:58:16 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: PMAS

The article reads as if the central purpose of the bill was to repeal the “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy banning openly homosexual folks to serve in the military and the bill also had a little appropriation amendment attached to it to fund the military.


15 posted on 09/21/2010 3:00:02 PM PDT by VRWCmember (Jesus called us to be Salt and Light, not Vinegar and Water.)
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To: PMAS

The DEMOCRAT Arkansas senators blocked it.


16 posted on 09/21/2010 3:00:03 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: LadyBuck

The Republicans didn’t have the full 41 senators voting — Lisa Murkowski didn’t vote — she is giving lessons on spelling her name correctly


17 posted on 09/21/2010 3:00:51 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: PMAS
With the 56-43 vote, Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation.

A bipartisan "No gay! No way!"

18 posted on 09/21/2010 3:04:43 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: PMAS; All
3 Democrats and 40 Republicans voted to stop the bill: the ONLY thing BIPARTISAN about the vote was the OPPOSITION!
19 posted on 09/21/2010 3:05:16 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: ColdOne
The left will try to use it against us.

Let them. Every state that was allowed a vote on the homo agenda overwhelmingly voted "No way!"
They can't force "tolerance" on people. All they do is pretend there's tolerance to make themselves feel better.

20 posted on 09/21/2010 3:09:19 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: PMAS
Republicans block bill to lift military gay ban

No they didn't. 0h0m0 is STILL CiC.

21 posted on 09/21/2010 3:13:15 PM PDT by melancholy (It ain't Camelot, it's Scam-a-lot!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
True. With a minority of 41 Republican Senators (one of which did not vote today) the only way that cloture failed was that 3 DEMOCRATS!! voted to continue debate. You will notice I said "continue debate" as a cloture vote is a vote to end debate and bring the bill to the floor for a "Yes or No" vote.

This action does not "kill" the bill it simply continues debate.

Having said that, does anyone really think that the Dems that voted against cloture "really" want to continue debate? Or is it that they don't want to have to go back to their seething constituents and "explain themselves"?

You be the Judge.

22 posted on 09/21/2010 3:15:35 PM PDT by The_Pickle ("We have no Permanent Allies, We have no Permanent Enemies, Only Permanent Interests")
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To: PMAS
This is a prime example of how the libs "booby trap" legislation; I haven't heard a word about pay raises for the military. The libs want the gay bill to pass, but they know it will be blocked - elections coming, thrown in a military pay clause and let some of the dems ensure the bill will be blocked, and then blame it on the GOP.

But if they start their rhetoric, then the GOP'ers should take the stance of NJ Governor Christie and say, "Damn right we did, we can't afford it now after all of the uncontrolled spending of obama and the democrats.".

And, democrats, if you're so concerned about the troops, why are you saddling them with these asinine "rules of engagement" that is essentially makeing them targets for the enemy?

The conservatives need to adopt Newton's Laws of Gravity when the dems are involved, "Every action has an equal, and opposite, REACTION."
23 posted on 09/21/2010 3:20:21 PM PDT by FrankR (obama can only be what WE allow him to be.)
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To: DoughtyOne
The dems are really covered...because DADT was Clinton policy AND EVERYONE WAS HAPPY. Almost sounds like a few Dems regret supporting Obie.

Anyone really care what Gaga says, thinks, does.

I have more respect for Lindsay right now....The system did her wrong. She needs tough love.

24 posted on 09/21/2010 3:26:15 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: fr_freak

“The idea that Republicans are stopping the repeal of DADT against the gay-loving Democrats will increase support for Republicans”

Let’s not forget the “Nightmare Law” that was to have given in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. I can’t imagine that was rip-roaring popular, either.


25 posted on 09/21/2010 3:34:28 PM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: PMAS

THANK YOU GOD! Our military dodged a bullet this time, but the homosexuals will not stop until DODT is repealed.


26 posted on 09/21/2010 3:43:39 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: PMAS

Reid loads the bill with DADT, forcing military hospitals to perform abortions, and amnesty for illegals, then votes against it himself. But that’s not all.

He then comes out and accuses Republicans of blocking funding for military.

Who in Nevada could vote for this POS?


27 posted on 09/21/2010 3:45:50 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: DoughtyOne

But I know as a Vet that those guys would sacrifice a pay raise to keep don’t ask don’t tell in place.


28 posted on 09/21/2010 3:54:00 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: PMAS

Congress should let the service men and women vote for or against. And only then, bring up the issue again.


29 posted on 09/21/2010 3:54:10 PM PDT by paintriot
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To: valkyry1

I appreciate the mention. I’m not surprised.


30 posted on 09/21/2010 3:56:55 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Jean S

>Watch for a future AP article titled “Republicans block pay raise for troops”.
**

You betcha it’s coming. $5 says within 24 hours...


31 posted on 09/21/2010 4:06:05 PM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: PMAS

ha ha ha ha

eat that lady Kaka


32 posted on 09/21/2010 4:06:55 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: PMAS

I didn’t know the Senate had 56 Republicans in it...yet.


33 posted on 09/21/2010 4:09:57 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: PMAS

What I find interesting is not really a mention that the bill had the “Dream Act” attached to it I wonder why maybe because people would be pissed. I think they threw in the DDT measure for cover and since Lady Ga Ga is promothing that they could hide the other ghastly things they stuffed in a bill that was for our military. Harry Reid is a jerk


34 posted on 09/21/2010 4:13:23 PM PDT by funfan
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I have a gay relative, and we’ve talked about this DADT thing. He’s about 40 now, and past military age. He told me that he would have loved to have served in the armed forces but didn’t want to give up his identity; he was definitely anti-DADT. I think he would’ve made a good soldier, unlike his super macho dad, who doesn’t handle discipline all that well. When I was on active duty (60-64), it wasn’t an issue.


35 posted on 09/21/2010 4:23:38 PM PDT by Ax
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To: PMAS

Good news. The Republicans did good on this one. No difference between the parties my ass.


36 posted on 09/21/2010 4:24:42 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: DoughtyOne

As a military member I glady forgo the raise to block this abomination.l


37 posted on 09/21/2010 4:24:45 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: DoughtyOne

As a military member I glady forgo the raise to block this abomination.


38 posted on 09/21/2010 4:24:52 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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Was not the DREAM ACT in the same bill?


39 posted on 09/21/2010 4:34:21 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: PMAS

What’s so bad about “Don’t ask, don’t tell”?


40 posted on 09/21/2010 4:36:32 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Class warfare is Obama's thing.)
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To: PMAS

Don’t forget that the “Dream Act”, so-called, was a part of Harry Reid’s mess that was voted on. That would have permitted the broke federal government to pay the college costs of illegal aliens. A typical example of how Democrats care about potential votes more than they do about the American public.


41 posted on 09/21/2010 4:41:01 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Class warfare is Obama's thing.)
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From another thread by kcvl :

Senate also blocks action on DREAM Act for illegal immigrants

In failing to advance the Pentagon spending bill and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the Senate also blocked action on the DREAM Act, which offers a path to legal status for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.

Both measures were attached to the $726 billion military spending bill. A vote to end a Republican-led filibuster failed, 56-43.
42 posted on 09/21/2010 4:44:20 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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Thank God!!!!

These socialist leftists need to get kicked out -the sooner the better!

No homosexual sex promotion in the military!

No blanket amnesty and educational subsidies for illegal alien minors!

No abortions in military facilities!

The public better keep their eyes open with this administration as they will try to find some way to sneak this stuff through -laws and ethics mean nothing to these leftists...

43 posted on 09/21/2010 4:51:30 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: popdonnelly
What’s so bad about “Don’t ask, don’t tell”?

It's rather dishonest don't you think?

44 posted on 09/21/2010 5:25:24 PM PDT by X-FID
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To: DoughtyOne; All

This bill had the Dream act attached to it.

The Dream act is just Amnesty for illegals.

Thank God Republicans blocked this monstrosity.

You all should thank your lucky stars For Republicans, even you pro-democrats like you doughty.


45 posted on 09/21/2010 5:53:11 PM PDT by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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To: DBeers
Yes your post is the truth. Seems like many even on here had no clue what was attached to this bill. Thank God for Republicans and that Republicans blocked it.

This bill wasn't about pay raises it was about Amnesty for illegals so democrats could get more voters.So almost all democrats wanted this bill to pass.

It would have given illegals citizenship and a free education paid by us the American people.

46 posted on 09/21/2010 5:56:25 PM PDT by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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Yes your post is the truth. Seems like many even on here had no clue what was attached to this bill. Thank God for Republicans and that Republicans blocked it.

This bill wasn't about pay raises it was about Amnesty for illegals so democrats could get more voters.So almost all democrats wanted this bill to pass.

It would have given illegals citizenship and a free education paid by us the American people.

47 posted on 09/21/2010 5:56:45 PM PDT by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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To: ViLaLuz

Thanks ViLaLuz. I’d imagine you would.


48 posted on 09/21/2010 6:00:36 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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49 posted on 09/21/2010 6:03:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: fr_freak

the big thing to keep in mind is that the Demoncrats will do ANYTHING to suppress or worse, deny the Fighting Men and Women of America their right to vote. This will be dealt with, I trust, in the first weeks of the new Tea Party Congress. Obozomotron better sign it.


50 posted on 09/21/2010 6:12:30 PM PDT by Shady (We will NOT capitulate to the Caliphate.)
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