What Was Lost in the Defense Bill Filibuster

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

Most of the stories about the Republican filibuster yesterday of the defense authorization bill have focused on two amendments it squashed: a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and a planned addition of the DREAM Act, which would provide legal status to some young people in exchange for military service or school.

But Mother Jones points out, the defense authorization bill has about 3,500 other provisions — many of them important changes to the agenda for the Department of Defense.

It’s worth reading the full list, but here are a few notable provisions:

Revamping US Military and Foreign Policy

  • No permanent military bases in Afghanistan.
  • Report on long-term costs of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • National Military Strategic Plan to Counter Iran.

Anti-Corruption

  • Standards and certification for private security contractors.
  • Inclusion of bribery in disclosure requirements of the Federal awardee performance and integrity information system.

Environmental Progress

  • Report identifying hybrid or electric propulsion systems and other fuel-saving technologies for incorporation into tactical motor vehicles.

Senators said they will have to eventually pass the bill — it just may be in a lame duck session. The Senate has passed a defense authorization bill for the past 48 years.

“We have to proceed to consider the defense authorization bill, because our military needs it,” Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said yesterday. “We need it for authorization of critical military equipment for our troops to fight on our behalf. … We’ve got to take this bill up, it’s our national responsibility.”

It’s unlikely Harry Reid would again attempt to attach the DREAM Act to the bill, but the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell amendment will be an issue in the future. It was added by the Senate Armed Services Committee and is already a part of the defense authorization bill.

That does not mean the repeal would kill the bill in the future, though. Under different debate rules, Republicans could offer an amendment striking the repeal from the defense authorization bill. And it could find additional support: Some Republicans, such as Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) have said they would vote in support of the repeal, even though they voted to filibuster the bill moving to the Senate floor yesterday.

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Daniel Phelan
Comment posted September 22, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

Democrats care about the things in this bill that’s why they wanted it passed and just because the rubber stamp GOP said no like they normally do shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Republicans stood in unison against efforts this year to repeal the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy, which bans gay men and women from serving openly in the armed forces.

The trickle down effect yea!!!! The trickle of liberties away from people! The new Republican way.

We trickle our tax dollars into Iraq and they get a tax break!! Awe! Republicans are kind after all!

OK all you Mormons and other self proclaimed profits. Your days of lies and deceit, your days for dividing people are dwindling.

What are you going to rejoice about when you get old?

That you stopped the gays from getting married for a short while or maybe that you disallowed the right of someone serving with honor in our military?

Well than; Mission Accomplished.


Mamg69
Comment posted September 22, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

I think you missed the point. The bill probably would have passed if the two provision that were added, had been left out.

Reed owns this loss of passage, not the Republicans.


Jim
Comment posted September 22, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

Left out that the Department of Defense is in the Executive Branch of the Government and covered by Obama's Executive Orders and that the President is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and Obama could ORDER the armed forces to do what he clearly will not do.


Daniel Phelan
Comment posted September 22, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

You miss the point. That Republicans have an ugly obsession with gays in our country.

I'm tired of Republicans. They seem to think that Americans have forgotten how incompetent and divisive Republicans have shown themselves to be.

Republicans rally against regulation of industry, and then America sees how that turns out when BP spills a million barrels of oil in our seas.

Republicans will rally against gay people, stripping them of civil rights, and then you find them tapping their toes in airport bathrooms looking for their gay lovers.

Pshh, you're thinking of the wrong ultra conservative talk show host. HA! I'm sure that was very confusing to his viewers who thought they might see the start of some grand revolution to uphold America's good old timesey morals!

Good ol’ Republican morals like hate gays, teach your children “intelligent design”, start two trillion dollar tax payer funded war in Iraq for no reason, and all while fooling people into thinking they care about anybody but the rich.


Daniel Phelan
Comment posted September 22, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

I take it then that you, like George Bush, think,

“It would be a whole lot easier if this was a monarchy”.


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Comment posted October 1, 2010 @ 4:23 am

Republicans stood in unison against efforts this year to repeal the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy, which bans gay men and women from serving openly in the armed forces.


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