Votes aren’t there to stop filibuster of Defense Authorization. Where are Collins and Brown?

Posted on 16 Sep 2010 at 1:44pm

Kerry Eleveld just tweeted:

Both Lieberman/Levin say filibuster is biggest hurdle to NDAA. Lieberman: “I don’t think the votes are there.” #dadt

If the votes aren’t there, it means all the GOPers are going to vote to keep filibustering the Defense Authorization legislation next week.

In the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 27th, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Scott Brown (R-MA) voted for the Defense Authorization bill. The Armed Services Committee press release, with the roll call vote, is here. (It’s a pdf.) But, here’s the roll call on final passage in Committee:

Collins voted for the DADT amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee. And, Brown has said publicly that he will not filibuster the Defense Authorization bill over DADT.

Are Collins, Brown and the Republicans really going to put politics over support for the troops? The Defense Authorization bill is all about taking care of our troops, including pay raises and support. No matter how the Senate Republicans spin this, their filibuster is really based on homophobia and discrimination. That’s what Collins and Brown — and Snowe, Lugar, Voinovich — will be embracing. They need to stop playing procedural games with people’s lives.

We’ll see if Collins and Brown surrender the soldiers and their constituents to Mitch McConnell. That’s what they usually do.

Call your Senators, especially if you live in Maine or Massachusetts. The Senate switchboard is 202-224-3121.

And, check out this call to Brown’s office, courtesy of Lady Gaga. Brown’s staffer told the caller that he opposes DADT:




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