Cloture Vote Fails on Motion to Proceed with National Defense Authorization Act

For Immediate Release

Servicemembers United
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Jarrod Chlapowski: Office: 202.349.1123
Email: jchlapowski@servicemembersunited.org
Alex Nicholson:
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Cloture Vote Fails on Motion to Proceed with National Defense Authorization Act

NDAA and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) Repeal Provision Blocked from Proceeding

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers
United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and
veterans, expressed deep disappointment today with the failure of
Senate leadership and moderate Republicans to reach an agreement that
would have succeeded in breaking the filibuster on the motion to
proceed on the defense authorization bill. This year's defense
authorization bill contains a provision that would finally enable the
repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.

"Today's
vote is a failure of leadership on the part of those who have been
duly elected to serve this nation and to put the best interests of the
country ahead of partisan politics," said Alexander Nicholson, founder
and Executive Director of Servicemembers United. "The Senate could
learn a good lesson from those who serve in uniform and who stand to
benefit from proceeding to debate on this bill - serving this country
means putting politics aside and getting the job done. It is simply
inexcusable that this vote failed today."

The
votes to break the filibuster had previously been lined up, but last
week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided to use an uncommon
procedural privilege on the bill that eroded support for breaking the
filibuster and guaranteed the vote's failure. Intense lobbying and
public pressure over the past week proved not to be enough to force
either side to back down. The Senate will not likely take up the defense
authorization bill again until after the mid-term elections in
November.

For more information about Servicemembers United and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," please visit www.ServicemembersUnited.org.

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