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Thomas Voting Reports
Here are area lawmakers’ decisions on major roll-call votes in Washington for the week ending Dec. 17.
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal: Senators voted, 65-31, to repeal the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bars gays from serving openly in the U.S. military. This occurred hours after the Senate mustered 63 votes for ending long-running Republican blockage of the bill. A yes vote was to send HR 2965 to President Obama.
DREAM Act Rejection: Senators failed, 55-41, to reach 60 votes for advancing a bill permitting children of illegal aliens to pursue citizenship by finishing military service or two college years and passing several age, residency and character tests. This killed the measure this year and perhaps for years to come. A yes vote backed a bill named the DREAM Act. (HR 5281)
Key votes ahead
In the week of Dec. 20, both chambers will vote on a bill to fund government operations until early next year, while the Senate will continue to debate the New START arms-reduction treaty with Russia.