News from Washington : A council bill to cancel the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy appeared headed for overcome Tuesday, a major hinder for gay groups that saw the vote as their last possibility this year to turn over the 17-year-old ban.
Promoters had been hopeful that the Democratic-controlled White House and Congress might conquer objections to repeal of the law except for gays from serving openly in the military. The shift is not liked among Republicans, military officers and social conservative.
Other than in the end, Senate Democrats were predictable to fall at least one vote small of the 60 needed to limit discuss and go forward the legislation.
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, the only Republican to hold up canceling the law and extensively seen as the crucial 60th vote, proclaimed Tuesday that she would not hold up advancing the bill as Democrats wouldn't allow the Republicans enough leeway to offer amendments.