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Triple the Fun: Three Controversial Amendments Crammed Into Military Spending Bill

posted at 8:29 am on September 21, 2010 by

What’s one way to cement your “support” of the military, gay rights, public funding for abortion and open-borders policies while accusing the opposition of obstructionism? Shoehorning them into a military spending bill just before recess, mere weeks before midterm elections, that’s how.

Not just one, but three hotly-contested social issues are lumped into the bill.  While debate over amendments is matter of course for military budget bills, Harry Reid has approved only three.  The lucky few?  The Dream Act, a repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and a repeal of the law prohibiting military hospitals from performing abortions overseas.  Voting begins today, according to FOX News:

The defense bill is one of the top orders of business on Capitol Hill before Congress adjourns for the remainder of the campaign season.

Reid needs 60 votes Tuesday to start debate. If he reaches that, he would still need to corral 60 votes on any amendment that is filibustered. And then he would need 60 votes again to shut down a filibuster preventing final passage, before moving onto the final vote.

Michelle Malkin has a great write up on the subversive Dream Act, as well as contact information for all related Senators. If inclined to call, you might want to mention your opposition to any taxpayer-funded hospital aborting babies on your dime and your opinion of the DADT repeal being crammed into what should be an obligatory, bipartisan effort to provide the Pentagon with the resources it needs to protect us.   These issues should be handled independently, voted on openly after fair debate, not antagonistically stuffed into routine spending bills (which, incidentally, appears to be the M.O. of this liberal Congress).

Such opportunistic rump-covering from Harry Reid should surprise no one.  Yet, putting the military in the center of a political sniping war over controversial social issues should outrage every American.

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Please do not vote for this bill! I can not say how much I detest dingy for putting these amendments in the military bill! This just makes me sick. Please NV voters, give dingy the boot in Nov.
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letget on September 21, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Nice write up Diane. This post should be bumped to the front page. I’m reading nothing about this OUTRAGEOUS bill, except at MM and Redstate. These Senators are cowards.

conservative pilgrim on September 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Forget redstate. My bad. So far only MM. On memeorandum, it’s being framed as a vote on DADT. May it never make it to the floor.

conservative pilgrim on September 21, 2010 at 10:12 AM

conservative pilgrim on September 21, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Thank you!

Also thanks for directing me to MM’s column today. I had only seen her piece on the Dream Act.

Bee on September 21, 2010 at 10:24 AM

This post should be bumped to the front page.conservative pilgrim on September 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I agree CP, Reid is getting desperate to pass anything he can brag about to his Nevada voters—taking their minds off the fact that Nev. has 14% unemployment.

Rovin on September 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Frontpageit.

Abby Adams on September 21, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Frontpageit.

Abby Adams on September 21, 2010 at 10:45 AM

In-damned-deed.

MadisonConservative on September 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

If y’all want to keep up to the minute updates on this, check out MM. She is doing a good job.
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letget on September 21, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Yep, call your senators (especially if you have senators who might care about constituents’ opinions). Frank Gaffney had a good editorial on this at Washington Times today. This needs to be stopped.

Good tip on MM Twitter feed. I’ve been following her on this all morning.

Another thing to keep in mind about this defense authorization bill is that it also includes more cuts. The Democrats really are steamrolling over a cliff. It’s like even the emergency brake has failed, and they can’t even slow the momentum.

J.E. Dyer on September 21, 2010 at 1:52 PM

J.E. Dyer on September 21, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Do you have a link to the Washington Times piece?

Absolutely right about the Democrat suicide march. Reid in particular should be run out on a rail for this stunt.

Bee on September 21, 2010 at 2:12 PM

J.E. Dyer on September 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

OK, I did see that one but thought he’d written one today. Thanks for posting the link, either way. :)

Bee on September 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM