Excerpted from Sen. Ron Wyden Has Early Stage Prostate Cancer, Will Miss Votes
Posted Thursday, December 16, 2010 5:06 PM | By David Weigel | Slate
yden caught the cancer early, but will have to miss votes tomorrow and next week.
Wyden's vote is one Democrats are counting on for tough votes; he's needed to pass the START treaty, the omnibus, and possibly the DREAM Act. According to current vote counts, it would be possible for the Senate to repeal DADT without Wyden's vote -- with the support of key Republicans, vote counters say they're at 61 or 62.