Yesterday, it seemed like a vote on repealing the military's ban on openly gay servicemembers was just a procedural wrangle or two away from happening. Today, that may still be the case, but it looks like Democrats are running out of time to get repeal done in the structure laid down by Republicans.
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Earlier today on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will "likely sometime today" attempt to move a cloture vote of the defense spending bill that includes DADT repeal -- though those close to final negotiations on the bill are telling reporters that such a move will doom any chance for a vote on DADT (for the time being).
Here's why. Republican Susan Collins (ME) said last night that she would only vote for cloture if Republicans are allow amendments and four days to debate them-- and only then if that debate comes after a vote on extending the Bush tax cuts.
Greg Sargent reported that Reid had not responded to Collin's offer as of this morning.
And, in the tight lame duck calendar, that timing may be actually be impossible. "A source close to Reid" told CNN's Dana Bash "there is doubt they can ever give Collins the terms she wants to secure her vote," meaning that the vote will go ahead without her.