The Senate has failed to end the Republican filibuster of the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains an amendment to begin the process to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Democrats needed 60 votes to advance the NDAA for debate on the floor. The vote failed 57-40.
Republican Senators who recently expressed public support for repeal but expressed procedural concerns—such as Sens. Scott Brown, Lisa Murkowski, Dick Lugar and Olympia Snowe—voted no. After a heated exchange with Majority Leader Harry Reid on procedure and amendments, Maine Republican Susan Collins voted yes. Collins was the only Republican to support cloture.
Only one Democrat, newly-elected Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted no.
The vote means that repeal of the 17-year-old ban is extremely unlikely to be changed by Congress in the next several years.
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