The United States Congress failed to repeal the 17-year old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy because of other items attached to the bill.
This is yet another reason bills should not be permitted to be attached to each other. A perfect example is what the Kentucky Senate tried to do this year with House Bill 350. This is a broken system in need of repair.
U.S. Senate Republicans say they blocked the bill because Democrats included new spending of $726 billion.
Why can't the Kentucky Legislature and the National Legislature (Congress) focus on one bill at a time instead of attaching amendments, and hiding legislation in other bills?
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