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BREAKING: Senate Republicans refuse to vote on DADT repeal before tax cuts

DADT trial

by Andy Kelley

Senate Republicans have delivered a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid stating that they will not allow a vote on any piece of legislation coming before the Senate, without an extension of the Bush tax cuts. This news comes as the Senate prepares further hearings on the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains language to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

As Metro Weekly reports, the letter from Senate Republicans states:

[W]e write to inform you that we will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers…

With little time left in this Congressional session, legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities. While there are other items that might ultimately be worthy of the Senate’s attention, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike.

Efforts to link the Bush tax cuts to the NDAA are the latest in a thinly veiled series of efforts by GOP Republicans to bring the lame-duck Senate to a halt.

But this time, this obstructionism could spell disastrous results for the repeal of DADT. As the Washington Blade notes:

The letter is signed by all 42 members of the Republican caucus, including those who are seen as swing votes on moving forward with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” such as Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Newly seated Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is also among the signers.

Aubrey Sarvis, Executive Director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network responded to this news directly stating:

The Republican caucus that has expressed strong support for a vote on extending the Bush era tax cuts should be as equally unified in support of a vote in the lame-duck session on the nation’s defense bill, the very bill which provides for our security and the well being of service members who defend us every day,” he said in the statement. “It’s past time for those Republican senators who say they support a vote on the defense bill and repeal to show it with a vote, and not by words alone…

After twenty-three months of excuses and delays in this Congress, it’s time to vote. If Republicans or Democrats use ‘procedure’ and the tax bill as excuses for not voting that is the very same as voting no. A no vote when Reid calls the repeal vote will not only put senators on the wrong side of history, it will also put them in opposition to the overwhelming majority of those who serve in our armed forces and the most senior members of our military.

I for one, agree with Aubrey. The time for the Senate to act has come, and we cannot afford their newest distraction.

We will continue to bring you updates here as this story develops.

117 Comments

  • 1. Ann S.  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Grrrrrrr

  • 2. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Those dirty rats!

  • 3. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I think they are forgetting all American LGBTs pay taxes too!

  • 4. Kathleen  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I'm disgusted.

  • 5. StraightForEquality  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Dirty rats, indeed!

  • 6. Jeremy  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:17 am

    This disgusts me, though I can't say it's a surprise. holding america hostage, no… RANSOME… to their own unending greed. First it's "wait for the findings" and NOW it's "bribe us." If that was your intent from the start, then you cowards should have said that to begin with, and congress as a whole could have begun "discussing" your financial concerns. This is just cowardice of the highest (or lowest) magnitude. Ugh! Would it be fair to say that this is what the next 2 years holds for american politics? "You want something, fill my pockets with gold!"

  • 7. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Does anyone know how much money was spent on the DADT report?

  • 8. fiona64  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Short translation: If Obama is fer it, we're agin it … and vice versa.

    Love,
    Fiona

  • 9. Bob  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:20 am

    that's a threat, wow, give the bullies the tax cuts or freeze gov't action, including funding for national defense ,

    first of all it needs to be called what it is BULLYING in the highest form……. lets stand up to the bullying, just say NO let the country stand still, let the people riot in the streets, civil disobedience, ACT UP, piss on em!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 10. Bennett  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Don't give in on this. If they get the tax cuts, they will move right on to the next ultimatum. I will take my repeal of DADT by judicial fiat thank you.

  • 11. atty79  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:23 am

    This speaks loudly to the true interests of the Republican caucus–their interests are with the rich.

    These republicans are putting the interest of the rich over the interests of the men and women who fight and die for this country. Despicable.

  • 12. Bennett  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I love how it turns out when you isolate the issues. Give us tax cuts for our wealthy patrons or we will put an end to all progress on anything. Human rights? Funding the military? Irrelevant. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

  • 13. Polydactyl  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I have to say, it seems to me the only appropriate response to these tactics is to refuse to play by their rules. If they don't want to go forward, fine. Let them be the first Senate to fail to pass an NDAA, see what happens. That'll make them real popular with their constituents I'm sure.

    It will be disastrous for the military and especially our servicemembers, who surely do not deserve this kind of treatment. But unless the Dems put their foot down, the Republicans will continue to see political bargaining with civil rights as a valid tactic, and this will happen again and again.

    We do not negotiate with terrorists who hold innocents hostage. We do not trade civil rights for tax breaks for the wealthy.

    (This is probably why I'd make a lousy politician.)

  • 14. Alan E.  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:29 am

    grrrrrrr indeed.

  • 15. Sara O  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I love this part: "until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers…"

    I'm curious as to how they are proposing to fund the government without taxes.

  • 16. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I agree with you Polydactyl. I don't want the Dems to cave to this pressure from McCain and his band of thugs.

    They want to bring our country to a halt, let them.

  • 17. Alan E.  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:33 am

    What really needs to happen is to force them to actually filibuster instead of threatening with it. Break out the cots!

  • 18. NetAmigo  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I think such hard ball tactics will backfire on the Republicans. They could get away with it when the Democrats were totally in charge and they used it very effectively. Now, they have some responsibility to see the job gets done. The public will see through such obstructionists tactics. I can't believe the public believes the interests of the wealthy outweigh all other considerations for our government. Unfortunately, it means the gay and lesbian community must rely on the courts for progress. If only Obama showed more support and would stop fighting the judiciary every step of the way.

  • 19. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:35 am

    That's right Alan…it's Naughty or Nice time!

  • 20. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Dang, I can't call my Senators and tell them not to play this game with the Republicans. Oh, I almost cursed!

  • 21. Ronnie  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:38 am

    How patriotic of them…throw everything the Armed Forces needs under the bus just so that some greedy, spoiled, selfish rich Republicans can keep their precious money to themselves…..The GOP needs to stop acting like spoiled un-American brats who quite frankly don't deserve their money anyway….What they needs to worry about is what kind of nation wide civil discourse they will have to handle if they block repeal of DADT….If they thought 13 people hand cuffing themselves to the White House gates was an issue….I wonder what they plan to do when it happens all over the country & a few 100 or a 1000 handcuff themselves to White House gates….are they willing to lose all that tax payer money to control the backlash?……hmmmmm…..<3…Ronnie

  • 22. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Kathleen, any new Otter videos?

  • 23. nightshayde  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I know I don't need to call my senators (Boxer & Feinstein). I may, however, write a sternly-worded letter to Mitch McConnell.

    I just saw that piece of slime on TV talking about how the Republicans will block everything until they get their way because they want to make sure Americans have enough money to pay the bills. Apparently, the people who need another extension of unemployment benefits don't actually count — 'cause McConnell and his cronies don't seem to give a rat's backside if the unemployed can pay their bills or not.

    McConnell and Boehner just make me so stinkin' mad!!!

  • 24. nightshayde  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:44 am

    They're willing to risk it. I really think they truly believe that all of America is on their side.

    I just want to see the smirks wiped off their freakin' faces with dirty rags.

  • 25. Freddy  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I am interested on how the next two days will go with the hearings from the Sec Def and his staff, are the (R) members going to show up and grill them on their findings only to not bother to vote on the NDAA or can the hearings actually help? I think Sen. Reid needs to go ahead with the vote next week so the amendment process can be started, if the GOP doesn't want to show up then they can all go home till next year, let the tax cuts fall, the govt. shut down due to lack of funding and the military can continue to struggle like it always does. If the Dems give in, it will just set a precedent for times to come and the GOP will try and strong arm the system at every turn. I have waited this long for a repeal to DADT, I can wait till the courts hold it up in the spring. It would be nice if Obama threatened to have the DOJ not file the paperwork to the 9th Circuit by the 23rd of Jan. causing the case to be thrown out and the 9th find for LCR. I know this has been a rant but I get so sick of the GOP playing games with my rights, now I know how Ronnie feels when he posts here. If the GOP doesn't want to perform their job as required, then fire them all for lack of production(I wish).

  • 26. kelley  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:46 am

    are these guys not voted in? so we need to contact them, explain that the American people want DADT repealed NOW. Today. not dependent on tax cuts! this is not a game! i'm so tired of these gamers!

  • 27. kelley  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:47 am

    beautifully stated. i can't hear anymore from mcconnell and boehner. i'm going to call their offices now.

  • 28. Rebecca in Chicago  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Huffington Post reports that, luckily, the Dems are calling the Republicans' bluff!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/01/democrat

    They're going to set it up so the GOP look like the fools they are, voting to NOT extend tax cuts for the middle classes. Wonder what Joe the Plumber will think of that.

  • 29. elliom  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Historically, the downfall of democratic gov't occurs, on avg., after about 200 yrs and has three main causes: excessive military spending (usually on war efforts), bankruptsy through voting away the public coffers to private interests, and corruption in the political machine.

    Makes one think…

  • 30. Sagesse  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Children throwing a tantrum.

  • 31. Don in Texas  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Hear ! ! Hear !!

  • 32. Kathleen  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Sounds like we're about due.

  • 33. Alan E.  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Here are some foxes playing in the snow:

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    34. Gayle  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Republicans are outright hypocrites! Tax breaks for the rich. Yes let's not tax those who are making the most money. Let;s take it out of the middle class because the "rich" can;t afford it??? What does this have to do with DADT? Republicans–still the party of NO. Wake up Republicans, or you will be wiped out in 2012. Continue to show your true colors, I would love to see you all lose!

  • 35. elliom  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Good for them, if they actually follow-through.

    I hope the Ds put up the best, most popular stuff they can think of. Shoot for the moon! Make the Rs block it again and again. I mean, stuff that like 70%+ of Americans would agree on (I"m sure there's SOMETHING :>).

    Failing that, tactic #2 (if not so attractive): When the next Cong. meets, have the Ds send their own letter. "We will not pass anything until DOMA and DADT are repealed." Filibusters do work both ways, after all.

  • 36. JonT  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I just don't think they care. I think they're just trying to start lining up that huge corporate money they will need for the 2012 elections.

    It's a pity that democrats can't seem to be able to form the kind of united front the way the republicans can.

  • 37. kelley  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:12 am

    looking forward to 2012 and campaigning my heart out to get every republican who puts their rich friends first over DADT and middle class tax breaks OUT OF OFFICE and exposed for who they are and who is paying their way. we all need to start now. social internet sites are prime for campaigning and awareness movements. we need an anti-Boehner, anti-McConnell fan page that posts all campaigning opportunities and volunteer positions to remove these Anti-American congressman (WASPS) from office.

  • 38. Yng  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

    This blogger is quick to bash the Republicans but facts are stubborn things… Log Cabin Republicans began this fight in 2004 with the filing of LCR vs. USA. In that case, the judge halted DADT which lead it to go up the ranks to the 9th circuit. Priorities already exist and 24 months delay is nothing but a vapor. WE MUST fund the government first, that includes the army. Republicans in the majority are held together by their beliefs: low taxes, individual rights and small government. They have already proved this in the past with Judge Vaughn Walker (GOP) on gay marriage.

  • 39. Mike Wilson  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Wait… this sounds like a GREAT idea. The Dems should take them up on their offer. Extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class and cut it for the super-wealthy why they still have the majority. Then with that piece of legislation out of the way they can pass DADT. Everybody's happy. Except for the Republicans.

  • 40. LeighAnne  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:26 am

    So let the Republicans talk their way right thru the holidays and into the new year. And let the tax cuts expire!

    There is no compromising with those people!

  • 41. fiona64  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

    The government is currently functioning on a continuing resolution authority– which is essentially an advance on the budget.

    Love,
    Fiona (who used to deal with CRA issues all of the time)

  • 42. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Yet another reason the GOP is known as the RepubliCANT party.

  • 43. Charles  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Impeach all of them, especially Bohner, and McConnell.

  • 44. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

    love it. lots of snow and lots of happy kritters…Elly Mae would be proud!

  • 45. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I guess that's what happens when you have a 42-seat majority in the Senate….

  • 46. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Which reminds of this health care reform beer commercial parody….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMlPE1lV_5Y

  • 47. robby, Portland Oreg  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Since when is blackmail the order of the day in Washington?

  • 48. Larry Little  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Since the Republicans are refusing to take part in running government with their childish moves, send everybody home.

  • 49. DK  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I just hate US politics sometimes…it is so depressing.

    On a side note, since I haven't seen anyone mention it yet, today is World AIDS Day. I'd like to remember my uncle Mick. He was smart and funny and handsome (I had a bit of a crush on him as a little kid, even though I knew he was gay). He died in the mid-eighties. I always regret that I wasn't able to see him before he died as he lived in London.

  • 50. littlebadwolf  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

    70% of americans polled, and an almost equal number of present servicemembers want repeal of dadt. 42 senators, representing perhaps 42 % of voters and 30% of whom are against repeal, are holding all americans, gay and straight, hostage to the idiocy of big corporations, the richest 1%, and of the fanatical religious right. because that is where they think that's where their money comes from, not their votes.

    have you no shame, senators, have you no shame?
    (we all know the answer, now don't we?)

  • 51. Shannon  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

    The "united front" sickens me, because on virtually every issue the GOP seems to put party loyalty above all else. As if "winning the game of politics" is all that matters, not like there are real people affected by any of this.

  • 52. Randy  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

    So there's no Congressional vote now, then I guess the court can remove the stay and Obama can decide not to block the judicial order and that's that. Right?

    Missing my first partner who died at age 28 from AIDS…

  • 53. Carpool Cookie  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:25 am

    All their kids and friends live in gated communities, go to private schools, and are well advised on tax evasion for the wealthy….so the "real people" they know AREN'T affected by any of this.

  • 54. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:27 am

    !!!!!

  • 55. Ronnie  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:27 am

    There were a couple of mentions on World AIDS day on a previous thread today….I too lost my Uncle..in 92…I was only 7yo going on 8…I was at the hospital where he died but I never got to say goodbye to him…They didn't want me too see him that way….Also a regret that I will hold for the rest of my life….every time I watch E.T. & eat Reese's Pieces I remember watching that movie for the 1st time with him….that will always be my favorite movie…..

    Thank you for sharing, DK……<3…Ronnie

  • 56. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:29 am

    $!!

  • 57. Carpool Cookie  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

    News like this makes me want to put my head in a nice, cool, shadowy box sometimes…

    "Make the World Go Away…."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPzNl6NKAG0

  • 58. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:32 am

    LLB said "Dang" …Oh my! ME TOO $#@%!!!

  • 59. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:34 am

    And I am missing all those I cared for in the 80's who have died of AIDS. I had to take a sabbatical from the agency I was volunteering for after attending 15 funerals in 15 days. When you lose that many friends that close together, you really don't have the appropriate time to mourn for any of them, and your emotions eventually just shut down on you.

  • 60. Ray in MA  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:34 am

    The bright side: Republicbums will lose thousands and thousands of members over this. Hopefully this will be their Waterloo.

  • 61. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Love the video – and the message. Yes, sometimes I want to hide too!

  • 62. Rachel H.  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Much as I would like to see DADT repealed right here, right now, I hope Obama stands up to this BS. I would hate to see the price of repeal be the bankrupting of the nation.

  • 63. Ray in MA  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Soooooooooooooo cute! (I love pussies!)

  • 64. jimi  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

    It is NOT a tax increase. It is an end to certain tax reductions only. They had an expiration date, but back then the Republicans winked and nodded, knowing how to make them permanent.

    How much will this continued tax reduction cost the nation?

  • 65. Ray in MA  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Like the Alamo… "Remember the DADT Bribe!" Coin the phrase!

  • 66. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

    : ) good idea…..

    I'm going to turn off all news for a bit and cut out pretty snowflakes. Love and ((HUGS)) to all :*(

  • 67. Kathleen  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

    That's hilarious! The kitty reminds me of my (now deceased) Spike. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v102/luv**art/S

  • 68. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

    thanks Ray! I needed that!

  • 69. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:43 am

    looks alot like Spike. RIP

  • 70. kelley  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:45 am

    i really do hope this is the straw that breaks the GOP's back

  • 71. Ann S.  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:51 am

    LOL, Spike looks as though he's saying, "how do you work that dial thing again?"

  • 72. Kathleen  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I think he was ordering take-out. That cat could EAT!!

  • 73. Guest  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I'm still holding out for the corruption part. It's not like everyone's corrupted, and that's all it takes to keep hanging on.

  • 74. Guest  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:55 am

    But that's the thing…if the government gets funded first, like the Republicans are demanding, they'll just move their ultimatum to something else.

  • 75. Carpool Cookie  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Yes! That IS what they say about blackmail…once it starts, it NEVER ends!

  • 76. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:04 am

    "hello spike!" Here's a book for you mommy so she will know you are fine : ) I read this to my heart-broken daughter when Korat died…..well, I tried to read it.
    http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Heaven-Cynthia-Rylant/d
    http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qwork=955657&am

  • 77. Gregory in Salt Lake  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

    *big sigh* and ((hugs)) Randy and Richard…

  • 78. James  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I'm so F#%*king disgusted right now!!!!!!!
    Toying with American Service Members lives…..I HATE politicians!!!! … "whew"….needed to do that.

  • 79. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Vent anytime James.

  • 80. Kathleen  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Thanks, Gregory. That book looks really sweet.

  • 81. Carpool Cookie  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Maybe if we stop funding the military, we'll have to get out of Afghanistan?

    Sounds good.

  • 82. Ben  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

    And a real filibuster, too. Let's make this one go old-school.

  • 83. Ben  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yeah, the Dems have been in need of some balls for a while now. Or maybe Bawls is in order, especially if it goes to a filibuster?

  • 84. Jeff  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Well, these are both budget bills, so is there really even a need to deal with the minority? Reconciliation anyone?
    f

  • 85. DK  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Thank you too Ronnie.

  • 86. Ray in MA  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Issue: DADt was stuffed into a budget bill. Is that logical?

  • 87. Bil B  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Or a great one.

  • 88. nightshayde  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    … like making sure Viagra is covered by insurance, but that prescription contraceptives aren't covered.

  • 89. nightshayde  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    If even they could raise the bar from $250k to $300k, that would be good. The Republicans won't let tax cuts for the middle class continue unless the rich get the same deal. Their idea of "compromise" is "you do what we want." They have no intention of giving an inch to Obama or the Democrats.

    I'm really really waiting for this strategy of theirs to come back and bite them in their collective backside.

  • 90. nightshayde  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    The problem is that whenever they start to lose people, they ramp up their attacks in regards to social issues & do their very best to appeal to the right-wing fundamentalist whackos. You know — the people who make $18k per year for a family of four (or more), have no health insurance, no dental care, and no indoor plumbing but still vote Republican because their preachers tell them they have to do so in order to save the innocent unborn children and to keep gays/lesbians from getting married.

  • 91. nightshayde  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I'm pretty sure DADT was put in there because the Dems didn't think it would pass on its own merits and because the Repubs can't really afford to say no to funding the military. I'm also sure there are other non-budgetary things that have been attached to the same bill for the same reason.

  • 92. Chrys  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Yes! Just posted the same thing on facebook. Let them stop the country, and tell everyone just why it is happening.

  • 93. Sagesse  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Transcript: Interview with 'don't ask, don't tell' report co-authors
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2010

  • 94. Don in Texas  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Here's the message I just posted to Senators Cornyn and Hutchison of Texas:

    Senator XXXXXX:

    The refusal to act on any legislation by all 42 Republican U. S. Senators unless their demands to "fund the government" and resolve the tax issue is an outrage.

    It is appalling.

    It is blackmail.

    It is obstructionism of the rankest order.

    You are a party to a disgusting transgression against the people of the United States.

    That Republicans would demand $720-billion in tax concessions to the wealthiest Americans while DENYING an extension of unemployment benefits to two million unemployed Americans is beneath contempt. It is a shameful abdication of your constitutional responsibility to promote the general welfare.

    I demand your IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION from the United States Senate.

    (Signed)

    Don (in Texas)

  • 95. Sagesse  |  December 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    From FiveThirtyEight

    Public Opinion on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/

  • 96. Jenny  |  December 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    This is beyond frustrating not only because it risks delaying the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" but because it prevents the government from getting anything done at all until the cry baby republicans get their way. I was flat out angry at Congress and all politicians when I read this. Fuming, red-faced, wanting to cuss out innocent bystanders angry. I still am, for that matter, but I want to share the following with you all. It made me feel a little better.

    I opened my email this evening to find an email from my Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown with the subject line: "It Gets Better". In the email was the linked video of Sen Brown sending an "It Gets Better" message to LGBT youth and stating the need for anti-bullying legislation on the Senate floor. I was so happy to see this support from my senator and a It Gets Better message on the Senate floor. Bravo! Brown has been a strong ally since entering the Senate, I know (at least) he will keep fighting for equality.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96F2byLuOVg

  • 97. Santa Barbara Mom  |  December 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    But the Democrats rule the Senate …………

  • 98. cc  |  December 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Frankly I don't trust this Congress or the next, it’s up to the courts now and yes I will wait. Once the courts decide, then monumental change will happen and I have a feeling other discriminatory laws will be removed to. Go Courts! Forget Congress!

  • 99. cc  |  December 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    They have the power to Filibuster and they will use that.

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  • 101. BK  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    No, it wouldn't be fair to say that the next to years would be like this. That would be a horrible offense to their current actions. What will happen when the Republicans *gain* seats in January? This will NOT be pretty.

    (nibbling at fingernails)

  • 102. BK  |  December 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I have thought until today that the Republicans were unjustly attacked for trying to get tax cuts extended. But now I'm really sure they have corporate et al interests in mind. Pooey.

  • 103. Mouse  |  December 2, 2010 at 2:42 am

    The Republicans have demonstrated that the system is broken. This is not to say that Democrats haven't tried all the same tricks, just that the GOP has mastered using them consistently and effectively to block any kind of compromise.

    This isn't "winning the game of politics" this is childish behavior in which everybody loses.

  • 104. Mouse  |  December 2, 2010 at 2:49 am

    And let's televise it. Let the people see how they are being governed. Let them see how they are being represented – who wouldn't want to watch a bunch of Republicans buzzing their vuvuzela on the senate floor for hours instead of discussing the pros and cons of the laws they're supposed to be voting on?

  • 105. Mouse  |  December 2, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Since FOX News took control of the Republican party.

  • 106. Mouse  |  December 2, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Do the opposite, and make them stay in detention until they behave like adults. Keep them through Christmas.

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