Kyl-Lieberman War Amendment Passes with a Vote of 76 to 22

Washington DC – Senators Kyl and Lieberman's amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill passed a few minutes ago with a vote of 76 to 22. Senators who voted against the resolution included Senators Biden, Bingaman, Boxer, Brown, Byrd, Cantwell, Dodd, Feingold, Hagel, Harkin, Inouye, Kerry, Klobuchar, Lincoln, Lugar, Sanders, Tester, Webb and Wyden. The primary opponent of the amendment was Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. A coalition of 25 organizations led a charge to defeat the amendment. The text of a letter circulated to all Senate offices yesterday can be found here. Though the effort failed to defeat the amendment, it managed to ensure that the most dangerous aspects of the amendment – Section 3 and 4 – were eliminated.

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Trita ParsiTrita ParsiDr. Trita Parsi is the founder of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an award-wining author of two books, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US (Yale University Press, 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012). Treacherous Alliance won the Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008 (Silver medallion). A Single Roll of the Dice was selected as The Best Book on The Middle East in 2012 by Foreign Affairs. Parsi currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He tweets at @tparsi.
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