The U.S. Senate voted 64-35 to invoke cloture on the conference report for 2010 Department of Defense authorization. This means the Senate will move toward final passage of the report, which includes the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. A spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid tells the Washington Blade a final Senate vote will take place Thursday evening or Friday morning.
Two weeks ago, the House voted 281 to 146 for the report.
Roll call here. Five Republicans voted yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.