Today, the Senate killed the amendment to the defense appropriations bill which would have provided an additional $1.75 billion dollars for additional F-22 fighter planes. This is significant because President Obama had threatened to veto the bill. A veto would have killed the best part of this bill - the Matthew Shepard Act aka the hate crimes bills.
With successful passage from the Senate, the bill goes to the President for his signature. Hate crimes based upon sexual orientation will now be illegal! FINALLY some progress! Democrats have been trying to pass this bill for years.
The President has promised to sign the bill.