"Lady Gaga Slams Filibusters As ‘A Tactic To Hijack Our Debate’"
After calling out Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) plan to filibuster the annual defense authorization bill in order to prevent openly gay Americans from serving their country in uniform, Lady Gaga slammed the filibuster on Twitter:
Gaga’s attack on the filibuster is part of her broader campaign in support of gay servicemembers. Earlier this week, she brought a group of gay veterans to the Video Music Awards as her dates. She also called upon her followers to call Majority Leader Harry Reid in support of a Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell repeal, leading Reid to respond on Twitter that “[a]nyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so.” Earlier today, she released a video calling on senators to repeal DADT and “pledge that no American’s life is more valuable than another”:
Her Gaganess is also right to be upset about the right’s unprecedented abuse of the filibuster. Since President Obama took office, conservative senators have wielded the filibuster and similar obstructionist tactics to bring the Senate to its knees. In addition to their unconscionable effort to prevent gay men and lesbians from proudly serving their country, right-wing senators have ground judicial confirmations to a near standstill and bottled up 372 different bills that already passed the House.
In a subsequent tweet, Gaga calls for “all hands on deck” to round up the 60 votes necessary to pass the defense authorization and repeal Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. But of course, 60 votes shouldn’t be necessary. It is truly shameful that U.S. senators would even consider placing procedural roadblocks in the way of Americans who risk their lives for their country.