WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and White
House officials say they think there are enough votes to advance a
defense policy bill that would repeal the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay service members.
A test vote was scheduled for Wednesday.
Republicans have blocked previous attempts because they say the
bill requires more debate time than Reid has allowed. More recently, GOP senators have said no bill should be considered before tax cuts and government spending are addressed.
Reid told reporters he was close to striking a deal with Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins that he believes would win the 60
votes needed to overcome procedural hurdles. A spokesman for
Collins could not be reached immediately.
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