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Thursday, December 16, 2010

a festivus miracle

BUT, i'm still not happy. i know this will still take YEARS to REALLY pass (and stay passed). i HOPE I'M WRONG though

House Votes to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday handily approved a repeal of a ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, ratcheting up the pressure on Senate Republicans who have resisted holding a vote on procedural grounds. The measure that the House approved, 250 to 175, had originally been part of a broader military policy bill. Last week, the Senate failed to break a Republican filibuster of that measure, with only one Republican, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, voting to advance the bill...........

not that you need it but here's a list of who voted and how they voted

House votes again to end 'don't ask, don't tell'
 Washington Post Staff Writer

House lawmakers on Wednesday again approved a bill to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law, delivering renewed momentum to the years-long campaign to end the ban on gays in the military ahead of a possible Senate vote next week. 
The House voted 250 to 175 to repeal the 17-year-old law; 15 Republicans voted for the bill, and 15 Democrats voted against it.
The 75-vote margin was wider than a similar House vote in May, when language ending the ban was part of the annual defense authorization bill. That bill failed a procedural vote in the Senate last week, requiring another vote in the House on a separate measure to end to the gay ban...............

House passed standalone DADT bill, 250 - 175. Over to the Senate again.

Big news.

The House just passed the DADT bill by a 250 - 175 margin. Fifteen Republicans voted yes while fifteen Democrats voted no. Nine (5Ds/4Rs) didn't vote. Barney Frank announced the vote.

This shows real progress. On May 27th, the DADT amendment passed by a margin of 234 - 194. Back then, only five GOPers voted yes and 26 Democrats voted no with 10 not voting. We picked up ten GOP votes. .............


1 comment:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

From your post title, I thought this would excerpt that other news story I read yesterday, about the lawyer in California who got his prison client an religious exemption from having to eat salami in jail by pleading that it went against the guy's belief in Festivus. No, I'm not making this up.