The senate cloture vote on the defense authorization bill went down this afternoon, 57 to 40, largely along party lines, most likely killing any hope of passing repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in this session, and probably for years, given the incoming Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
Kate Dickens, spokesperson for Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, was quick to point out that the vote itself was not “against DADT, it is a procedural vote to consider the defense authorization bill.”
Although Kirk was one of the GOP votes that DADT supporters were hoping for, he clarified his position just before the cloture vote.
“The Senate’s top priority should be to prevent a large tax increase from hitting families and small business employers on January 1st,” Kirk said. “I promised the people of Illinois that job one would be jobs. I support the president’s proposal and will vote today to ensure the bipartisan tax bill takes precedence before considering non-economic legislation, including items I support like the 9/11 victims health bill.”
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