WASHINGTON--The Senate on Saturday is scheduled to vote on two hot button issues: the DREAM Act, dealing with student immigration and Don't Ask, Don't Tell, regarding gays serving openly in the military. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is a chief sponsor of the DREAM Act and supports DADT. Freshman Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is a probable no on the DREAM Act. What he will do on DADT will be revealed later today.
The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America, the grass roots arm of the DNC, has mobilized a campaign aimed at persuading Kirk to vote yes on DADT. On Friday, 28,000 petitions were delivered to his office; in addition OFA targeted Kirk with robo calls, phone banking, e-mails, canvasses and targeted online ads.
Kirk said during the campaign he would not back the DREAM Act and was undecided about DADT, preferring to wait until a Pentagon report on the subject was concluded. The report is done--but Kirk's position is not yet known. In any event, Kirk has vowed to vote no on Senate legislation until tax and spending bills are done and has said any substantial business should wait until the new Congress is sworn in on Jan. 5.