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With time running out on the lame-duck session of Congress, the Senate Wednesday postponed a vote on the controversial immigration bill known as the DREAM Act and didn't take up the Defense Authorization bill, which includes an amendment aimed at repealing "Don't ask, Don't tell,"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also announced postponement of plans to consider a measure to provide health care compensation to 9/11 first responders. The DREAM Act and 9-11 measure will be taken up Thursday.

"We sometimes run into roadblocks in the Senate," Reid said, as he explained that a scheduling conflict with the House delayed the DREAM act vote. The House passed the DREAM Act late Wednesday by a vote of 216 to 198.

The Defense Authorization bill was delayed for another reason -- a request from Sen, Susan Collins to hold off on a final vote on the Defense bill until the Senate has voted on the tax cut compromise. Reid negotiated throughout the day with Collins, since her support is considered crucial to passing the bill. "I reminded the majority leader, as has Sen. Lieberman, that everyone on the Republican side wants to see the tax package completed first," Collins said Wednesday night,

Although Collins approved the measure in the Senate Armed Services Committee, she has joined her fellow Republicans on insisting that the bill be open to a wide range of GOP amendments when it is debated, in addition to asking that the tax bill be completed first. On Wednesday, a Reid aide circulated a blistering attack on Collins in an email to the media.

"Senator Collins has been inflexible and is trying to run out the clock and kill our chances of repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell," the aide wrote. "Her position is disingenuous. She needs to come to us with reasonable proposal."

But by mid-afternoon, Reid had publicly denounced the attack.

"There was some stuff in the paper today that... (Collins) couldn't make up her mind what she wanted to do. That's really not true," Reid said. "She had made up her mind what she wanted to do. I just thought it was too much time."

Reid has not said when he will bring the defense bill up again, but time is short for completing work before the end of the year. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated Wednesday that his caucus will block consideration of any legislation until the Senate has resolved questions over the tax cuts and funding the federal government for the next year.

Reid later voiced his frustration at the Republicans' tactics.

"For this entire Congress, we have been -- as Muhammad Ali better said it than I -- rope-a-doped. They stall, they have excuses for not doing things," Reid said. "The American people don't want that. They want us to work together. And throwing up these artificial roadblocks is just foolishness."

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hi cat

Let's crash the whole system down for a microscopic group. It's not enough that they could join the military in the past. BUT NOW they want to announce to the world we are here we are IN YOUR FACE and we are Gay SOLDIERS. SOLUTION: Set up homosexual military units. He would be VOLUNTARILY joining such a unit. This seems reasonable. The subversives behind this PUSH won't be happy with that because the REAL AIM BEHIND THIS is to DISTORT DISTRACT DESTROY and DECONSTRUCT and DEMORALIZE the whole country not just the military. They will keep the argument going forever. THE TRICKLE DOWN NWO VERMIN are pushing these policies. The above idea let's people keep their individuality without forcing their unwanted values on the rest of the majority. If they change the system the way they intend our enemies won't have to fire a shot or have a D-Day type invasion. Just wait in the wings of the white house and watch it crash down. This is how it is when the minority rules over the majority.

December 10 2010 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hi cat

Keep the country as strong as possible keep gay homosexuals out of the military. I have known many of them; they are not normal. Their behavior is not normal. Their views and thinking are not normal. I don't doubt that many of them have served well honorably. But them getting killed or maimed because they joined the army does NOT earn them some normalcy medal. If they are so proud of being homosexual and want to march in parades and make OPEN declaration, then a GAY unit where they can serve openly and proudly should be considered in earnest. If what they want is to serve there should be little or no debate. Their subversive sponsors won't settle for this because the REAL AIM is to DISTRACT, DISRUPT and DETERIORATE the quality and EFFECTIVENESS of the US military.

December 10 2010 at 12:31 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Jaydee

Everything you said is is just an opinion I hope you know that. The same arguments were used when blacks wanted to be integrated in the military.

December 10 2010 at 3:08 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

This is just political theatrics. Reid knows he doesn't have the votes to pass this. This is just for the benefit of his constituents...

December 09 2010 at 9:13 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
RedHook History

Sir/Madame - I would like to offer my opinion on the controversy surrounding the so called "Don't ask, don't tell" legislation now causing so much differing opinion amongst our duly elected representatives in Washington. The armed forces of the world for centuries has practice separation (not segregation) between sexes and for what was considered a very good reason. Fear of rampant or even partially rampant sexual promiscuity among male and female troops was strongly discourage to prevent the spread of veneral and other sexually transmitted diseases. This is no imaginative concept, but has surfaced time and time again and even crippled nations armies in the past. Since homosexuality is known to takeplace carelessly between both sexes, and spread of sexually transmitted diseases is also known to increase under these circumstances, it is common sense to restrict those who would be prone to practice unsafe sex while serving in our armed forces. The don't ask don't tell policy allows for non-discrimination against all those serving. Contrary to what opponents say, it allows for anyone to serve as long as they don't try to impress anyone, or call attention to their sexual preferences. And except for possibly these individuals, does anyone really want to know what they are?

December 09 2010 at 1:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

The self-implosion of the Dem party continues. And at this rate it will continue through 2012 because it seems Dems are already becoming exactly what they accuse the GOP of being - the obstructionist party of no.

December 08 2010 at 11:53 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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ajschrod

Did you ever hear of standing on "principles"? Even though some good republicans were willing to help Obama the past two years, their "leadership" said no on principle--same with liberal Dems.: they honestly believe the pres. is selling out to the G.O.P.

December 10 2010 at 12:37 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Kenneth

Reid did the right thing on this bill by delaying it. The tax bill, unemployment, and the budget should take priority.

December 08 2010 at 11:27 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

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