View Full Version : Senate Delays Votes on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and DREAM Act

12-09-2010, 01:51 AM
With time running out on the lame-duck session of Congress, the Senate Wednesday postponed a vote on the controversial immigration bill known as the DREAM Act and didn't take up the Defense Authorization bill, which includes an amendment aimed at repealing "Don't ask, Don't tell,"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also announced postponement of plans to consider a measure to provide health care compensation to 9/11 first responders. The DREAM Act and 9-11 measure will be taken up Thursday.

"We sometimes run into roadblocks in the Senate," Reid said, as he explained that a scheduling conflict with the House delayed the DREAM act vote. The House passed the DREAM Act late Wednesday by a vote of 216 to 198.

The Defense Authorization bill was delayed for another reason -- a request from Sen, Susan Collins to hold off on a final vote on the Defense bill until the Senate has voted on the tax cut compromise. Reid negotiated throughout the day with Collins, since her support is considered crucial to passing the bill. "I reminded the majority leader, as has Sen. Lieberman, that everyone on the Republican side wants to see the tax package completed first," Collins said Wednesday night,

Although Collins approved the measure in the Senate Armed Services Committee, she has joined her fellow Republicans on insisting that the bill be open to a wide range of GOP amendments when it is debated, in addition to asking that the tax bill be completed first. On Wednesday, a Reid aide circulated a blistering attack on Collins in an email to the media.

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