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Reid’s Social-Justice-Via-Defense-Authorization Bill Fails

On a party-line vote, by my count. All 41 40 Republicans voted against the majority’s effort to staple a Don’t Ask / Don’t Tell repeal onto a defense appropriations bill.

UPDATE: New vote count, 56-43. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) missed the vote. Roll-call here.

Democratic Senatpors Pryor and Lincoln of Arkansas both joined the Republicans, as did Senator Reid (for procedural reasons).

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