Last night, news broke that Senate Democrats would move forward this weekend with final votes on both the DREAM Act and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The Senate had planned to use the weekend wrapping up an omnibus spending bill to fund the government, but as Talking Points Memo reported:
After long deliberations with Republican principals Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on the Senate floor that nine GOP members had reneged on their pledges to vote for the omnibus spending bill, which reflected months of bipartisan negotiations...
That left Reid several votes shy of the 60 he'd need to overcome a filibuster and essentially vaporized a year's worth of work by the Appropriations Committee.
After tabling the spending bill, Sen. Reid announced that he would move forward with legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” as well as the DREAM Act. Both have already passed in the House, meaning a final Senate vote is all that is needed before the President can sign them into law. Along with ratifying the New START Treaty, these measures are key priorities for Democrats before the end of the year.
The vote on the DREAM Act is expected first, and could come early Saturday morning.