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WASHINGTON – Extortion apparently is the name of the game for Republicans in the Senate.
Today, all 42 GOP senators signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., stating that they will blockage all legislation in the lame-duck session this month if they don’t get their way on government spending and on extending the Bush tax cuts.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and GOP whip Jon Kyle threatened to block any attempts to vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which is attached to the national defense bill.
President Barack Obama has sought the repeal of the DADT policy by year’s end – and the emboldened Republicans have vowed to fight him every step of the way.
“The Republican caucus that has expressed strong support for a vote on extending the Bush era tax cuts should be as equally unified in support of a vote in the lame-duck session on the nation’s defense bill, the very bill which provides for our security and the well being of service members who defend us every day,” said Army veteran Aubrey Sarvis, executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
“Senate Majority Leader Reid must call the defense bill back up next week. It’s past time for those Republican senators who say they support a vote on the defense bill and repeal to show it with a vote, and not by words alone. After 23 months of excuses and delays in this Congress, it’s time to vote,” Sarvis said.
“If Republicans or Democrats use ‘procedure’ and the tax bill as excuses for not voting that is the very same as voting no. A no vote when Reid calls the repeal vote will not only put senators on the wrong side of history, it will also put them in opposition to the overwhelming majority of those who serve in our armed forces and the most senior members of our military,” Sarvis said.