Senate majority leader Harry Reid has scheduled votes on the DREAM Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell for this Saturday — apparently defying the White House, which had reportedly been lobbying for the Senate to tackle the START arms control treaty first.
It was announced earlier today that Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden — a crucial vote for both the DREAM Act and DADT repeal — would be missing Senate votes “tomorrow and possibly next week” due to prostate cancer surgery, but his staff clarified this evening that he will be on the Senate floor this weekend. His absence tomorrow is for pre-surgery testing, not the surgery itself, and will not prevent him from casting DREAM and DADT votes Saturday.
DADT repeal looks like a winner Saturday, with 61 Senators pledged to vote for cloture — one more than the 60 needed. The DREAM Act faces a much tougher road, but is by no means doomed to fail.
Friday Update | Lots of news out this morning, including new announcements from several Senators on how they’ll vote. Read it all here.