Reid also told reporters that he would soon file a procedural motion to bring up the defense authorization bill, which includes language to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service members. That language has tripped up progress on the overall bill, which in most years enjoys broad bipartisan support. More than a dozen Senators, led by Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.), called for the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal and appealed to both Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday to schedule ample debate time on the floor.
But a host of issues remain, and none appear to be resolved after the Senate’s first week back on Capitol Hill following the historic midterm elections. Reid has promised a vote on an immigration measure that would give children who are illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if they go to college or join the military. He will also have to work out an agreement with the House on either a continuing resolution or omnibus spending bill to keep the government funded.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.