It's all kabuki politics for the mid-terms innit? Reid gets to say "here, we tried to advance the cause but those bastard Repubs blocked the bill"
This? I barely got a whispered chirp of a cricket on NPR that this happened, and it was all about DADT, not those senators who didn't want to fund the military in a time of war.
"Let me be clear, the 'don't ask, don't tell' law should be changed," Collins said in a prepared statement. But she criticized Reid's handling of the bill.
"Now is not the time to play politics, and I again call on the majority leader to work with Republican leaders to negotiate an agreement so that the Senate can debate the defense bill this week," she said.
On May 23, 2005, Pryor was one of the 14 senators who forged a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster. This effectively ended any threat of a Democratic filibuster.
Good to know that sticking it to the Democrats is so much more important than the issue of basic equality. That's an example of having your priorities straight!
Because kicking them out doesn't really do anything. See Joe Lieberman.
"'President Obama, the House and a majority of senators clearly support an end to 'don’t ask, don’t tell,' but that, of course, is insufficient in the upside-down world of today’s Senate, where 40 members can block anything.
The two parties clashed on the number of amendments that Republicans could offer. Republicans wanted to add dozens of amendments, an obvious delaying tactic, while Democrats tried to block all but their own amendments. In an earlier time, the two sides might have reached an agreement on a limited number of amendments, but not in this Senate, and certainly not right before this election, when everyone’s blood is up even more than usual.
If the military’s unjust policy is not repealed in the lame-duck session, there is another way out. The Obama administration can choose not to appeal Judge Phillips’s ruling that the policy is unconstitutional, and simply stop ejecting soldiers.
But that would simply enable lawmakers who want to shirk their responsibility. History will hold to account every member of Congress who refused to end this blatant injustice.'
We’re the people whose votes Obama was trying to secure on the campaign trail when he:
– outlined his health care plan in a 2007 campaign speech, saying “Essentially . . we’re going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don’t have health insurance. It will be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services.”
– promised in 2008 on his campaign’s website that “any American will have the opportunity to enroll in [a] new public plan.” 
– signed on to the HCAN principles on October 6, 2008, which includes “a public insurance plan without a private insurer middleman that guarantees affordable coverage.”
– told the Washington Post that his health care plan “creates a new public health plan for those currently without coverage.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cited the roughly 1,800 earmarks in the bill worth $4.2 billion in explaining his opposition, but most others were blunt in their rational for opposing the military legislation.
"I don't want health care," Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) said Thursday evening.
. tab v2021
ideology | Freq. Percent Cum.
very liberal | 2,127 6.02 6.02
liberal | 5,684 16.10 22.12
moderate | 13,701 38.80 60.92
conservative | 9,351 26.48 87.40
very conservative | 3,326 9.42 96.82
not sure | 1,124 3.18 100.00
Total | 35,313 100.00
July 8, 2010: Federal Court Rules DOMA Sec. 3 Violates Equal Protection.
"'Her discharge from the Air Force Reserves violated her substantive due process rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. She should be restored to her position as a Flight Nurse with the 446th AES as soon as is practicable,' wrote [Federal Judge Ronald Leighton of Tacoma, Washington]."*
"Leighton was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002 to a seat vacated by Robert Bryan. Leighton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 14, 2002 on a majority voice vote and received commission on November 26, 2002."
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