Washington (CNN) - A defense bill that includes the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy failed to advance in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday as Republicans closed ranks to keep the bill from coming up for debate.
The bill stalled on a 56-43 vote, four short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican-led filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, joined the opposition as a tactical move, allowing him to bring it up later.
Republicans stood united against the measure even though some GOP senators favor lifting the Pentagon's requirement that gays and lesbians keep their sexuality a secret. Republican opponents complained that Democratic leaders are limiting the debate and could have refused to allow GOP amendments to the broader National Defense Authorization Act, which included the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal provision.
President Obama had promised to repeal the congressionally enacted ban on military service by openly gay and lesbian sevicemembers. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the White House is "disappointed" at the Senate vote, "but we'll keep trying."
Updated 4:05 p.m.
Of course they did. What a bunch of cowards.
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!
Shame on the Dems, Reid in particular, for not maneuvering any better than this. A pox on Republicans-twits all.
Those backwards looking re-thug-lie-cant homophobes really do suck...no pun intended.
The republicans strike again! I honestly hope they DO gain control of congress, so the President can return the favors! Hey 'Ole Mcdummel', and "orange-face Boner" can you clowns say VETO, VETO, VETO!
Yea boy, the recession is over. Let's get on with the important stuff like gays in the military and same sex marriages and forget about more jobs and the economy cause Obama says the recession is over.
Maybe tomorrow he can tell us that cancer has been cured and there aare no illegal aliens in this country.
Combo of spineless/ignorant/phobic cowards.
We're the laughing stock of the Western World.
The GOP is moving this country backward. R stands for reverse back to the 1950 where whites only rules.
You mean that the 59 senators of the left could not out vote the 41 senators of the right? The party of no strikes again.
So much for Liberty and Justice for All !!! NOT in ths country what a joke!!
The defense bill also included amnesty for many illegals. The misnamed DREAM Act grants amnesty for
adults up to age 35. (S.729) The bill first grants
legalization upon the receipt of a high school diploma, and although 2
years of college or military service are required to obtain a green
card (LPR status), the bill contains broad waiver provisions that the
Obama Administration can employ – entirely in its own discretion
– to circumvent those requirements. Finally, the bill makes
newly amnestied aliens eligible for numerous federal loan programs and
allows states to grant in-state tuition to current and future
generations of illegal aliens.
Obama will stop at nothing to get the hispanic vote in 2011. Why should U.S. taxpayers pay for instate toution for illegals.
It's irresponsible for Democrats to add controversial amendments to the defense budget in the first place. And then close all debate? These bills have no business being in the defense budget in the first place. Another reason why Democrats are out of touch with reality.
Politician: Someone who says they could support a bill if only it was , presented differently,didn't have X in it, could be studied longer, was paid for,....., fill in the blanks.
Even though the clear majority of Americans and many respectable generals support repealing DADT, Senate Republicans conjure up one today to try to justify their Discrimination against Americans serving in our military.
Sad day in America.
If nothing use can get the democratic voters out this should. Minority voters in this country will be the ones that loss big time if the Republicans gain power in Nov. So if the minority voters do not want to live by the rules of the all white party, then the better get out and vote.
So the republicans in the senate are willing to stop pentagon defense funding in order to not allow debate on DADT. If this does not indicate how unAmerican the GObP has become, what more do you need. For any dimwitted republican to go against our military in a time of war should sound the alarm that they are unfit to hold office. 75% of Americans want DADT repealed, despite what Rasmussen reports.
talipublicans the equal to sewer dwellers and complete comatose iliterate
This is a sad day for America. Politics before country isn't the way to govern.
I'd like to prsent the Republicans and any Democrats that voted against this a one way ticket to hades. What a piece of work is this senate. We will be in a lot of trouble with all this ugliness in our country.
Durbin has no conscience whatsoever.These illegals you want to help wouldnt be here in the first place if Congress and ICE deported them to begin with and closed the border. Top it off that the DEMS are holding the welfare of our troops hostage for the illegal and latino vote and this is disgusting!
Durbin? You are soo concerned with the troops, pass the bill without your political trash attached to it!
Boot the socialists in 2010/2012 !
Thank God! the last thing we need is to open up our military to thousands of young people willing to lay down their lives for their country.
This is a VICTORY for FREEDOM and LIBERTY!!
Thank you for keeping our troops in harms way. There are so many willing to serve who can't because of this stupid law. Because they can't serve, our men and women need to stay there longer.
How patriotic is that – putting your own bigoted ideas ahead of those who serve us.
Please people remember those who voted to repeal it this November.
Progressives get off your butts! Get out there a vote! You will never pass another bill if congress is filled with Teabaggin, GOP bible thumbing, snake oil selling Republicans.
Another example of the Christian Zealot Republicans fighting AGAINST American's Civil Rights. The sam lot who voted against it years ago.
How can anyone be proud of their republican senator?