DREAM Act, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal derail defense bill amid Republican filibuster

Senate Republicans filibustered the defense authorization bill Tuesday afternoon, ending a push by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pass the DREAM Act, which would provide legal status to some undocumented immigrants in exchange for school or military service, and a repeal of the 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy for homosexuals serving in the military as amendments to the legislation. The defense authorization bill has been passed for the past 48 consecutive years. It failed to move to the Senate floor today in a 56-43 vote, with no “yea” votes by Republicans.