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story.lead_photo.caption Senate Armed Services Committee member Jack Reed, D-R.I., leaves a news conference on the failed vote Tuesday with Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich. - Photo by AP / Alex Brandon

Senate Republicans, joined by Arkansas’ two Democratic senators, blocked a major defense bill Tuesday that opponents said was weighed down with items unrelated to military readiness.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 09/22/2010

Print Headline: Bill is blocked on gay troops


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  • rainbowharold55
    September 22, 2010 at 7:57 a.m.

    Once again, the republicans have acted on religious bigotry, the Democrats have proved that they have no strength of conviction, and our Senators have proved that they are Republican bigots.

  • 23cal
    September 22, 2010 at 8:19 a.m.

    "He (Sen. Lindsey Graham) said before Congress changes the long-standing law, legislators should wait for input from the military itself."

    What a lying hypocrite! If the military says it will not impact battle readiness---as it hasn't in other countries---he will still vote against it. Mark my words.

    This bill, if passed, would have put the decision SOLELY in the hands of the military based on cohesion, battle readiness, and military effectiveness. From later in this same article: "The legislation stipulates that the policy would only change if MILITARY LEADERS certified that it is “consistent with the standards of military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.”

    "Added Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona: “We’re in two wars, and now we’re passing the social agenda of the Democrat Party,” rather than focusing on battle readiness." NO, Senator McCain, it is YOU who are passing the social agenda of the Republican party, instead of focusing on battle readiness. Liar.

    Had the Democrats shot down a military funding bill such as this in this manner by not even letting it come up for DEBATE, can't you just hear the Republicans screaming and drooling about how they don't care about our soldiers, our defense, etcetera ad nauseum?

    September 22, 2010 at 8:50 a.m.

    I agree with both commentors. Both of our Senators are weak, weak. I see no reason to worry about losing the Democrat majority in the Senate this fall. It has no useful purpose, as they are to scared to act on their convictions. They are just terrified by Limbaugh, Hannity,and Beck.

  • johnny2041_yahoo_com
    September 22, 2010 at 8:56 a.m.

    I see that Reid, Lincoln, and Pryor is trying to butter up their reputation to try to clean up some of their past votes that probably has cost them their elections. It will not work for them we will not ever forget the health care bill that they agreed to and signed, but did not read it. We all will see soon enough of what it will do to all of us in this country. The pay $$$$$$ will start just around the corner and has already started with the private insurance companies raising our policy cost and there is plenty more to follow.

  • john1958
    September 22, 2010 at 9 a.m.

    Did you people just miss this line in the article...."Democrats had planned on attaching an amendment to the bill that would have provided federal higher-education funding and an eventual path to citizenship to people who immigrated illegally to the United States when they were 15 or younger." So we are going to pay for illegal aliens to go to college and then make them citizens. NO WAY! What about paying for American born and raised kids going to college? THIS IS WHY REPUBLICANS AND BOTH OF OUR SENATORS voted against this bill! Harry Reid was trying to pull a fast one and it didn't work!

    Don't be so quick to blame republicans for protecting our interest on another issue.

    This "pork" and "attachment" business is not good for American. It is costly to the taxpayer and things don't get done that need to get done because of this practice.

  • 23cal
    September 22, 2010 at 9:52 a.m.

    John 1958...did you miss your own quote "HAD PLANNED ON attaching an amendment to the bill"? It wasn't ALREADY attached. The Republicans shut off debate on the bill so that not only could it not be attached, it couldn't even be debated and filtered out. This is the only time in 48 years that debate on a military funding bill has been cut off in this manner.

  • rainbowharold55
    September 22, 2010 at 10:32 a.m.

    Yeah, John1958, why would we PROVIDE A LEGAL MEANS FOR CHILDREN TO BECOME LEGAL CITIZENS? We are, after all, a nation of racists. And don't you forget it. Oh, you didn't.

  • ALoweRoland
    September 22, 2010 at 10:49 a.m.

    A sad day for America.
    I'm so ashamed of our Arkansas Senators for voting against equal rights for all Americans.

  • Patriot79
    September 22, 2010 at 11:03 a.m.

    You people need to pay attention to what is really important.

    This is small in comparison to more important bills.

    And for you people that side with a party- Well, you're lost. It's two wings of the same bird. Bush is a fascist, and so is Obama. You don't hear either party talk about ending the Federal Reserve. Obama kept the Patriot Act active(when he said he wouldn't). Neither party is ending this endless war on terror, which is a joke! And most of you don't take time out to do your own research. You rely on some commentator on television to provide you with misinformation. You don't even know where we are headed... 3 words: North American Union. Currency: Amero.
    The constitution no longer works, and hasn't in quite sometime. WAKE UP SHEEP!

  • Populist
    September 22, 2010 at 1:17 p.m.

    Johnny 2041,

    I read that Reid voted against it so he procedurally could bring it back up if they ever get enough votes.

    Blanche is going down, and she is going down as a coward. Pryor is a wimp. Why should we care about the sexual orientation of people who are brave enough to fight for their country! I do not understand why people are so afraid of homosexuality. My husband and I are celebrating our 15th anniversary tomorrow, and we have a wonderful family. Gays are not hurting us! Why are the right-wing "Christians" so against the gays? Didn't Christ say, "Let he who is not guilty of sin throw the first stone?" The gays are hurting nobody. I wish the hatred spewing rightwing would leave them alone and start trying to act like the Christians they profess to be.