Friday Open Thread: Tax Compromise Clears Congress, DADT Repeal On the Move

The House passed President Obama's tax cut and unemployment deal in the wee hours of the morning by a 277-148 vote.  The bill passed with 139 votes from Democrats and 138 from Republicans.  The vast majority of the Congressional Progressive Caucus voted against the compromise, showing great disconnect with the vast majority of American progressives.

In other news, the stand-alone repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is up for cloture tomorrow.  Call your senators now!  Senator Amy Klobuchar is now saying that repeal advocates have enough votes, and a report in the New York Times confirms:
By Thursday, Senator Susan Collins, the bill’s one Republican sponsor, had been joined by three other Republican senators — Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine — in supporting the measure.

“Senator Brown accepts the Pentagon’s recommendation to repeal the policy after proper preparations have been completed,” said Gail Gitcho, a spokeswoman for Mr. Brown. “If and when a clean repeal bill comes up for a vote, he will support it.”

Along with the backing of 54 Democrats and two independents, the Republican support is enough to push the measure to the necessary 60-vote threshold.
But none of this is a reason to sit back and get complacent.  Keep calling!  Also, when you call, demand that your Senator support the DREAM Act on Saturday as well.

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