September 21st, 2010
03:22 PM ET

White House 'disappointed' with vote on 'don't ask, don't tell'

[Updated at 3:22 p.m.] The White House is "disappointed" at the Senate vote blocking the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, "but we'll keep trying," spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

[Posted at 3:04 p.m.] A defense bill that includes the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy failed to advance in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday as Republicans closed ranks to keep the bill from coming up for debate.

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The bill stalled on a 56-43 vote, four short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican-led filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, joined the opposition as a tactical move, allowing him to bring it up later.

Republicans stood united against the measure even though some GOP senators favor lifting the Pentagon's requirement that gays and lesbians keep their sexuality a secret. Republican opponents complained that Democratic leaders are limiting the debate and could have refused to allow GOP amendments to the broader National Defense Authorization Act, which included the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal provision.

GOP senators also disliked Reid's plan to add an immigration-related provision to the defense bill. Reid wants to tack on a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for students and soldiers who are children of illegal immigrants.

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  1. HernandezUSA

    Now we just need to KILL the AMNESTY pretending to be a DREAM Act for illegals.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucy

      umm.. do you realize your last name is Hernandez, you retard?! You are Hispanic and some relative of yours somewhere up the line came to this country for a better life. Maybe they entered legally, maybe they didn't. Regardless, I can't be blamed for entering the country at nine months of age. It's a shame that people like you do not support education for their people. You're probably afraid of being surpassed due to your ignorance. That's all it is, FEAR because we have brains, and know how to use them. Get your facts straight, the Dream Act is not an amnesty. Too bad a Social Security card is not accompanied by intelligence. You fool.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    THIS WAS PROBABLY MORE TO STOP THE DREAM ACT THEN THE DON'T ASK DONT TELL, WHAT SHOULD BE PASSED FIRST IS A LAW STATING ONE ISSUE TO A BILL!!!! THEN WE WOULDN'T HAVE AUTO PAY RAISES FOR THE GOVERNMENT PEOPLE! AND THE INITIATIVE MIGHT HAVE PASSED, BUT WE WONT KNOW FOR AWHILE

    September 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NSB008

    Well if the White is THATy disgusted about the vote, why not just fix the problem by an executive order..or is it that no one in the white house has any balls to do the RIGHT THING?

    September 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • THOMPSON

      because thats not the AMERICAN WAY and neither is having Czars who would not pass review . Procedures for everything and everything in its place... Despite what you may think OBAMA IS NOT A GOD – HE MAY THINK SO .. AND HIS ACTIONS MAY LOOK LIKE IT BUT! in fact he remains a person nobody knows much about. schools, grades , confirmation of birth . how he traveled to pakistan when the usa had it on a no fly... history will tell the truth in the end...

      September 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. duke

    So we know the holier than thou real americans don't have the minority vote,and they don't have the gay vote so how do they feel they stand a chance at winning?All they have is the(the confused) white vote and the corporation vote. I don't hate my boss but why would I vote to make him richer and me poorer???

    September 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jillian

    Hasn't anyone ever heard of an 'Executive Order?' As Commander and Chief, Obama is authorized to get rid of DADT with only a signature. Not sure why he hasn't done so already.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leon

      Unfortunately, he can only stop the discharge process. He can't do away with DADT. Any executive order can be overturned by a future president.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. duke

    A vote for a republican is a vote against yourself,Unless you are a stiff,stiff with a stick up your bottom(they also like that)and millions in the bank.RIP TO THE GOP!!

    September 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. duke

    Obama is not I repeat is not a god!Ronald reagan is/was the devil I repeat ronald reagan is/was,the devil Who's administration had 3x's the czar's but for some reason the real americans can't seem to remember that.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pancho villa

    DEPORT US ALL DONT SEPERATE FAMILIES IMAGINE IF COPS CAME N TOOK ALL US MEXICAN TO MEXICO? I DARE U AMERICA DEPORT US 15 MILLION WER AT MCDONALDS,CARL JR,JACK IN D BOX,SIZZLER,IHOP,DENNIES,OLIVE GARDEN,CLAMJUMPER,IN UR OFFICES DO IT STOP SEPERATING FAMILIES WER U KNOW WER WE AT, I DARE UUU VOTE N GET US OUT ALL NOT SEPERATING UR FAMILIES COWARDS...

    September 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cieje Valentine

    I have no problems with gays in the military causing tension as long as they're all in co-ed camps, and pda/relationships are allowed all around..

    September 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Judy

    Thank goodness. We are at war and right now is not the time for change in the military. Be gay, I just don't want to have to deal with it....call it what you want. It was put in place for a reason and I am GLAD is failed. GAGA needs to stick to music and stay out of the military business.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • birdwmn

      If every gay in the military "came out" at the same time, you would have to overturn DADT because the losses to the military would be catastrophic. Instead of trying to keep them in the closet, be glad that they fight for the freedoms that you enjoy, but aren't willing to share.

      September 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevie G

      Lets solve this with 2000 era politics. Ask all the Gays, Illeagl immigrants, educated people, scientists, People who dont read the bible, and athiests, basically people who dont subscribe to our whites only mentality to resign. well thats about 80% of our standing Armies. So we could just hire the Chinese to fight our wars instead of true American, yet hated Patriots. I think there are alot of scared white people out there with no adults in the room to supervise. At least thats how I see it as a white guy ashamed of this Caucasian disorder. I think some folks forgot their medicene.

      September 21, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. duke

    I can understand why this law exist,It would be like allowing men in the women shower or vice versa(do the d!kesss shower with the men.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • stan James

      Quote: Duke

      I can understand why this law exist,It would be like allowing men in the women shower or vice versa(do the d!kesss shower with the men.

      UNquote

      You kind of miss the point. There are really something like 65000 gays already showering with, living with, eating wtih, and fighting and dying with str8 troops. And mutually saving each otehrs life while accomplishing the mission.

      Quite similar to our health club here in MD. About 20% of the members are gay, most openly. Nobody gives a rats ass about the issue, Well stand there bare a$s naked taling about everything from the football game to DADT.

      the real question for you is if you are simply confused, for which I hope you understand the issue

      Or if you are aftaid that you might get an @rection. which btw is usually an anxiety attack, not a I want to s#ck it reaction.

      As they told me in the arny over totally different issues, you simply have to put on your biggest set of b@lls, and discover the light.

      Adn maybe discover that these guys are great people, worthy of our love and respect. And equal treatment under the law. Esprecilly more so for those, str8 and gay, who will risk their lives for their country.

      Hope that helps. Peace.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. thetruth

    The real problem is attaching unrelated bills to legislation. The dems had NO intentions of getting this thru right now. This was intended to bring up the issues to rally their base for this election

    September 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • stan James

      thetruth

      The real problem is attaching unrelated bills to legislation. The dems had NO intentions of getting this thru right now. This was intended to bring up the issues to rally their base for this election
      September 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      End quote

      Kinda backwards. Now they have lost the support of so much of their base, though all is not lost. They didn't have the ,moxie or the guts to get the job done.

      Including smearing the repubs with the truth – which is the repubs care more about their preducies then defending America aginast terrorism.

      The law will be gone, the only question is when.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Larz

    How's about we vote on don't care shut the hell up and mind you own business and actually do something about real problems this country is facing.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Luis Teixeira

    we have to vote agains of the republicans ....this kind of behaivior can't happen again in the congress....if the republicans win the mayority of the congress is exactly what era we going to have for the next 4 years, we can afford this kind shameist behaivior again...next november 2 we have to vote for a democrat or independent, if not we are goping to be stuck, and we are going to back to recession....becareful...

    September 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Free America From The South West Border Invasion

    An Idea For A Real “American Dream Act” Bill & Counter Attack

    First bring back our soldiers from this Afghanistan war that is costly and going nowhere. Middle Eastern and Asians love to see us waste money and go broke fighting for freedom when they don’t really want it. This is their main weapon and we keep falling into their trap. Then we need to regroup military troops and military force to invade/overthrow Mexico’s government turning it into a U.S territory.

    The new land will be used as an industrial/business commerce zone. U.S citizens will be able to by property and have a dual citizenship between U.S and Mexico. Mexico will keep its current currency and there current government will be demoted to local municipal law enforcement as long as they surrender to the U.S.

    The U.S will be in full control of all laws, local law enforcement, and military control. The path to dual citizenship will require the illegal immigrants living in the U.S to serve in the U.S military for teen years… Along with completing the invasion/overthrow of Mexican government to expand U.S lands, business, and revive our economy. For Mexico citizen requesting to come to the U.S temporary worker programs and legal paths to citizenship & residence will be granted to those who qualify.

    Pass It On!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
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