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September 17, 2010
UPDATE: On Sep. 21, the Senate failed to get the necessary 60 votes to proceed on the Defense Authorization bill (S. 3454)  The cloture vote was 56-43, with all Republicans and 2 Democrats voting NO.
SPECIAL URGENT ALERT!!!

There is a critical vote coming up regarding abortion in the U.S. Senate, probably on TUESDAY. It's a vote on the National Defense Authorization Bill and Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying an end run to get some "thank you gifts" to his left-wing base. How? By adding three very controversial amendments to this Defense bill:

  1. Repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy, which will impose open homosexuality upon the U.S. armed services, without waiting for the pending military report which is analyzing the effect of such a policy;

  2. Allowing abortions to be performed on any military base in the world, utilizing personnel, supplies and facilities paid for with our tax dollars, which, under current law, has been prohibited since 1966; another provision in the law which would be changed prohibits the use of DOD funds for abortion except to save the life of the mother;.

  3. Inclusion of the so-called "Dream Act" which will legalize and offer a path to citizenship to some 2.1 million "young" illegal immigrants initially and then, by using chain migration, will legalize and offer a citizenship path to their parents which would then total 6.3 million. (While proponents of the "Dream Act" try to characterize it as affecting only high-achieving high school and college-age students who were brought here illegally prior to their 16th birthdays, in fact, it is not limited to high achievers and would cover illegals up to 35 years of age. It also will provide for in-state college tuition for these individuals.)
Sen. John McCain plans to lead a filibuster against the bill. He needs 41 votes in order to sustain the filibuster, which is possible if all the GOP Senators stick together and refuse to invoke cloture (a procedure to cut off debate and bring the bill to the floor for a vote) as Reid will request.

An avid supporter of the military, Sen. McCain knows that the needed military funding can easily be provided with a continuing resolution minus these left-wing amendments. If the amendments are voted on individually, we would have to rally 51 votes to defeat each one, and we don't have those votes. Thus, sustaining the filibuster (only 41 votes needed) is our only chance to stop them in the Senate!

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Please contact your two U.S. Senators and urge them, particularly if they are Republicans, to stand firm with Senator McCain as he tries to keep this bill with its non-germane, politically-motivated amendments from coming to the floor of the Senate, where we would likely lose the vote.

This is a huge diversion from the normal rules of the Senate and is a real desperation move by Reid to try and ram these "payback" amendments through before the Democrats stand to lose their majority in the November elections.

1-202-224-3121 is the Capitol main switchboard for all Senators. (You may find it easier to get through to their home district offices and/or to use faxes to communicate with them.)

Time is short — please flood the Senators with your phone calls and faxes. Be knowledgeable, polite and firm in your request that they stand with Sen. McCain and vote against cloture. It is our only way to stop these additions to the bill. Thank you in advance for your help and please pass this on to others as well.


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