Until I got home and perused the internet. While I was having a good time the nation's republican senators blocked the 'don't ask, don't tell' issue once again. Effectively they are saying to gays and lesbians that "you can go get killed by an IED, but you better not let us know you are what you are. We fellow republican countrymen of yours hate you."
And then those merciful republicans blocked aid for 9/11 workers who were subjected to toxic substances. They thought it would add to the deficit. But it doesn't matter if their continued tax cuts for the rich do so.