From Huffington Post:
Senate Republicans, led by John McCain (R-Ariz.), have blocked the Senate from considering the defense authorization bill Tuesday afternoon. By blocking the bill from moving to the Senate floor, Republicans accomplish the objective of stalling the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and blocking the Senate from considering the DREAM Act, which would give young, undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they enlist in the military or enroll in college.
Republicans objected that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was limiting the number of amendments that could be offered. But Reid had pledged to work with Republicans to allow amendments. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) took to the Senate floor following the defeat to condemn the GOP’s “procedural ruse.”
McCain, highest-ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, visited the Senate press gallery to celebrate blocking the bill’s consideration, calling it a “blatant and cynical attempt to galvanize the Hispanic vote.”
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), a prime target of Democrats, was whipped by Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) on the Senate floor. Once they finished talking with him, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), spent several minutes in an intense conversation with Brown. “Okay,” Brown could be heard saying as the conversation ended and he walked to the Senate well to cast his vote against moving forward to consider the bill.
The Democratic base and Independents need to be clear of ONE THING this November: If you do not get out and vote, THIS is what the next two years will look like.