John Cornyn provides a copy of the GOP letter that threatens to doom DADT repeal

Via our old pal John Cornyn (don’t ever say he’s totally worthless), here’s a copy of the aforementioned Senate GOP letter that says Republicans won’t agree to do anything in the lame duck session until Democrats have done everything Republicans want to do. The letter, which Cornyn says was delivered to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this morning, has 42 signatures, which represents enough votes to block consideration of any legislation Democrats put forward, including a repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell.”

—  John Wright

BREAKING: GOP pledge may doom DADT repeal

CBS News reports that Senate Republicans intend to block all legislation that isn’t related to tax cuts and government spending during the lame duck session. GOP leaders are quietly collecting signatures pledging to carry out the strategy:

If carried out, it would doom Democratic-backed attempts to end the Pentagon’s practice of discharging openly gay members of the military service and give legal status to young illegal immigrants who join the military or attend college.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made both measures a priority as Democrats attempt to enact legislation long sought by groups that supported them in the recent midterm elections.

—  John Wright