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.