Sunday, December 19, 2010

DADT no. Child brides yes. DREAM not.

The headline presents one way to read recent doings in Congress. The latest developments:

Repeal of "don't ask don't tell," the military policy regarding gays and lesbians (prior posts available here). Having cleared the final congressional hurdle yesterday, the repeal legislation's now on the President's desk.
House blockage Thursday of the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010, which, as we posted, earlier had won unanimous approval in the Senate.
► Yesterday's failure to secure Senate as well as House passage of the DREAM Act; that is, the the path to citizenship for some young, undocumented immigrants. Full name: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010.

Still on the Senate's docket, today and until the upper chamber adjourns: New START.

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