Republicans blasted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for stepping away from negotiations with a handful of Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. She expressed support for the most controversial element of the defense spending bill, the provision that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell," a 1993 law signed by President Bill Clinton.
"The majority leader just closed the door," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who favored repeal. "He had a path forward, and he chose not to do it."This is a lot like Harry's 'help' earlier this year (before the mid-terms) when he got all caught up in having it his way and didn't put repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell first. And I saw Susan Collins on TV (CBS?) on one of the morning shows news roundups yesterday and she was very clear that she agreed to certain things and this was not going to be hastily rushed through. I believe she said something like 34 hours of debate were needed on the issue.
I support the repeal (obviously) and I am getting very tired of Harry Reid refusing to stop playing games with this issue.
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