UPDATE: My colleague Jay Bookman writes:
Senate Republicans have blocked consideration of the defense authorization bill containing a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The vote to end the filibuster was 56 in favor and 43 against.
Which means the side with 56 votes loses.
While some conservatives have argued that a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” should not be attached to a defense spending bill, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) just pointed out on the floor of the Senate that DADT became law when it was attached to a defense spending bill in the 1990s. Now, it ought to be repealed.
A column in today’s Wall Street Journal points out why. Bret Stephens writes:
Since DADT came into force in 1993, some 14,000 service members have been discharged under the policy—the equivalent of an entire division of warfighters. Investigating and processing each case has its costs; so does recruiting and training each replacement. How much? A 2006 commission organized by UCLA’s Palm