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Published:September 26th, 2007 06:50 EST
Majority Leader Reid has filed a cloture motion on the Kennedy (D-MA) & Smith (R-OR) hate crimes amendment to the bill

Majority Leader Reid has filed a cloture motion on the Kennedy (D-MA) & Smith (R-OR) hate crimes amendment to the bill

By SOP newswire

Yesterday, the Senate adopted by unanimous consent 34 non-controversial amendments to the bill.   But after sporadic debate on both the Biden (D-DE) amendment supporting federalism in Iraq, and a Kyl (R-AZ) – Lieberman (D-CT) provision on Iran, Senators failed to reach a time agreement for votes.  This week, the Senate still has to deal with a Continuing Resolution (funding the government) and the children’s health bill.  Majority Leader Reid has filed a cloture motion on the Kennedy (D-MA) & Smith (R-OR) hate crimes amendment to the bill. 

Pending:

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Iraq federalism

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Sens. Biden (D-DE), Brownback, Boxer, Specter, Kerry, Smith, Nelson Of Florida, Hutchison, Schumer, Mikulski and Lincoln filed amendment No. 2997 sense of the Senate that the U.S. should actively support a political settlement among Iraq's major factions based upon the provisions of the Constitution of Iraq that create a federal system of government and allow for the creation of federal regions.  Biden intends to offer a modification of his amendment. 

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Iran

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Sens. Kyl (R-AZ), Lieberman (I-CT), Coleman (R-MN) and Graham (R-SC) filed sense of the Senate amendment No. 3017, since revised, that it should be U.S. policy to stop inside Iraq Iran's violent activities and destabilizing influence and to support the prudent and calibrated use of all instruments of United States national power inside Iraq, including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments, in support of that policy.   

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Hate crimes

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Sens. Kennedy (D-MA) & Smith (R-OR) filed amendments No. 3035 to strengthen federal law to prevent, investigate and prosecute hate crimes.  The text is identical to S. 1105, the Mathew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. 
 

Amendments are divided into:

IRAQ

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

AFGHANISTAN AND OTHER FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES

DETAINEES/TERRORISM

TROOPS/CONTRACTING

OTHER

AMENDMENTS ALREADY CONSIDERED 
 

IRAQ  

POTENTIAL SENATE IRAQ AMENDMENTS THIS WEEK OR NEXT

= Dodd (D-CT) amendment requiring all troops to be out of Iraq by April 2008..  
= Nelson (D-NE) - Collins (R-ME) amendment requiring the President to change the mission in Iraq to force protection, counterterrorism, Iraq troop training and securing Iraq’s borders.  
= Warner (R-VA) - Lugar (R-IN) amendment requiring a more substantial troop withdrawal than the one currently being contemplated by the White House.  
= Coleman (R-MN) - Pryor (D-AR) amendment similar to Warner-Lugar.  
= Voinovich (R-OH) amendment putting into legislation the Petraeus timeline for a partial troop withdrawal.  
= Biden (D-DE) amendment endorsing a political settlement in Iraq based on the principles of federalism, as set forth in Iraq’s constitution, keeping the country together but devolving power to the regions.

= An amendment endorsing the Petraeus recommendation for a modest drawdown to pre-surge levels.  
= An endorsement of the Iraq War as a central element in the war on terror. 

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Authorization to remain in Iraq

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Sen. Byrd (D-WV) filed amendment No. 2003 stating that nothing in the bill provides a specific authorization for American troops to remain in Iraq. 

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Withdrawal from Iraq

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Sen. Byrd (D-WV) filed amendments No. 2004 and 2028 requiring the President to submit a plan within 60 days for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. 

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Withdrawal from Iraq

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Sen. Hagel (R-NE) filed amendments No. 2048 and 2058 to require a phased redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, with the goal of redeploying by March 31, 2008 all U.S. combat forces from Iraq except for a limited number for specified purposes. 

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Iraq Study Group

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Sens. Salazar (D-CO), Alexander, Pryor, Bennett, Casey, Gregg, Lincoln, Sununu, Collins, Domenici, Nelson of Florida, Landrieu and McCaskill filed as an amendment No. 2063 their bill S. 1545 endorsing the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, including a goal for a drawdown of troops. 

Sen. Chambliss (R-GA) filed amendment No. 2193, an unfriendly amendment, to the Salazar-Alexander amendment No. 2063.  The Chambliss amendment notes that the President's new strategy for Iraq has only recently become fully operational; supports many of the recommendations of the ISG and expresses the Sense of the Senate that except in the event of unforeseen circumstances or developments, the President's new strategy for Iraq should not be significantly altered until Gen. Petraeus and Amb Crocker report to Congress on the progress of that strategy in September 2007. 

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Abandon Iraq combat missions

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Sens. Collins (R-ME) & Ben Nelson (D-NE) filed amendments No. 2124 & 2145 to require U.S. troops to abandon combat missions and instead to focus on training the Iraqi security forces, targeting al-Qaida, protecting U.S. personnel and infrastructure and protecting Iraq's borders, with a goal of completing the transition by March 31, 2008. 

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Deauthorize the Iraq War

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Sens. Clinton (D-NY), Byrd (D-WV) & Sanders (I-VT) filed amendment No. 2146 to revoke the authority Congress granted for the war in 2002 so that it expires October 11, 2007, the fifth anniversary of the original authorization’s enactment.  The amendment also requires the President to seek a new authorization for the Iraq war. 

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Troops in Iraq

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Sens. Warner (R-VA) and Lugar (R-IN) filed amendment No. 2208 to require President Bush by October 16 to come up with a plan to dramatically narrow the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq (although maintaining the territorial integrity of Iraq) with a recommendation to begin implementing the plan by December 31. 

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Permanent bases in Iraq

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Sens. Biden (D-DE), Cantwell and Whitehouse filed amendment No. 2242 to bar permanent bases in Iraq. 

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Withdrawal from Iraq

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Sens. Dodd (D-CT), Levin, Reed, Smith, Hagel, Kerry, Snowe, Biden, Obama, and  Clinton filed amendment No. 2274 to require troop withdrawal to begin 120 days after enactment and to be completed by April 30 except for limited purposes.  The reductions will be accompanied by a comprehensive diplomatic, political, and economic strategy that includes sustained engagement with Iraq's neighbors and the international community for the purpose of working collectively to bring stability to Iraq. 

Sens. Levin (D-MI), Reed, Smith, Hagel, Kerry, Snowe, Biden, Obama, and Clinton filed amendment No. 2275 to the Dodd amendment with virtually the same text. 

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Iraq refugee crisis

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Sens. Kennedy (D-Ma), Smith, Lieberman, Brownback, Biden, Hagel, Leahy, Snowe, Durbin, Feinstein, Obama, Menendez, Levin and Voinovich filed amendment No. 2872 dealing with the Iraq refugee crisis. 

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Withdrawal from Iraq

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Sen. Dodd (D-CT) filed amendment 2891 to begin Iraq troop withdrawal within a month and terminate funding for combat operations by April 30, 2008 except for limited purposes.  The amendment would block the spending of 25% of the funds for Iraq unless there are 50,000 fewer troops in Iraq as of January 31, 2008 compared to September 12, 2007. 

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Diplomatic surge

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Sens. Casey (D-PA) & Murkowski (R-AK) filed amendment No. 2931 expressing the sense of the Senate on the need for a comprehensive diplomatic offensive (a “diplomatic surge”) to help broker national reconciliation efforts in Iraq and lay the foundation for the eventual redeployment of U.S. combat forces out of Iraq.  

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Contingency planning

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Sen. Clinton (D-NY), Kerry, Lautenberg, Brown and Byrd filed amendment No. 2944 requiring an Administration report on contingency planning for the redeployment of United States forces from Iraq. 

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Benchmarks

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Sen. Kerry (D-MA) filed amendments No. 2967 and 2970 conditioning of U.S. support for government of Iraq on meeting key political benchmarks. 

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Iraq Inspector General

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Sens. Coleman (R-MN) and Collins (R-ME) filed amendment No. 2983 to terminate the Office of the Inspector General for Iraq 90 days after reconstruction funds drop below $250 million. 

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Wartime contracting

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Sen. Webb (D-VA), McCaskill, Klobuchar, Brown, Casey, Tester, Cardin, Whitehouse, Sanders, Levin, Carper, Feinstein, Kerry , Johnson, Boxer, Obama, Leahy, Harkin, Stabenow, Dodd, Landrieu, Feingold, Bayh, Pryor, Byrd, Durbin & Clinton filed amendment No. 2999 creating a Commission on Wartime Contracting. 

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Reduction of forces

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Sen. Voinovich (R-OH) filed amendment No. 3013 requiring the President to begin a responsible reduction in the number of United States forces in Iraq not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. 
 

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION 

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Missile defense

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Sens. Vitter (R-LA) & Kyl (R-AZ) filed amendment No. 2010 to authorize an additional $87 million for Aegis missile defense for destroyers.  Sens. Kyl (R-AZ), Vitter, Inhofe, Lieberman, and Lott filed amendment No. 2178 for the same purpose. 

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National Guard equipment from missile defense

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Sen. Dodd (D-CT) filed amendment No. 2033 to provide $500 million for the Army National Guard to repair and replace war-battered equipment to address critical shortfalls identified by the National Guard Bureau, with the funds to be cut from the European Missile Defense system ($225 million) and Airborne Laser ($275 million). 

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Retirement of B-52 bombers

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Sens. Conrad (D-ND), Dorgan, Landrieu and Vitter filed amendments No. 2053 & 2172 to require maintaining 63 B-52 bombers with 11 in reserve. 

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Nuclear workers

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Sen. Reid (D-NV) filed amendment No. 2170 to include nuclear program workers in the occupational illness compensation program. 

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Protecting space assets

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Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) filed amendment No. 2223 saying that it is the policy of the United States to protect its military and civilian satellites and to research all potential means of doing so. 

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Space test bed

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Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) filed amendment No. 2225 to restore the Administration’s $10 million request for the Ballistic Missile Defense Space Test bed that the Senate Armed Services Committee had cut. 

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Minuteman III missiles

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Sens. Baucus (D-MT) and Tester (D-MT) filed amendment No. 2325 to bar more than 40 Minuteman III missiles from being removed from the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana until the Pentagon identifies additional missions for the base.  The Air Force had planned to retire 50 of the 80 missiles. 

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Minuteman III missiles

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Sens. Hatch (R-UT) and Bennett (R-UT) filed amendment No. 2878 to require a report on maintaining the Minuteman III missile until at least 2030 and replacing that missile with a follow-on missile system after 2030. 

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Space assets

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Sens. Kyl (R-AZ), Nelson of Florida, Sessions & Thune filed amendment No. 2960 stating that it is the policy of the Untied States to protect its military and civilian satellites and to research all potential means of doing so. 
 

AFGHANISTAN AND OTHER FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES 

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Special Inspector General for Afghanistan

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Sens. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Dodd, Coburn and Hagel filed amendment No. 2150 to create a Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. 

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Iraq forces to Afghanistan

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Sen. Landrieu (D-LA) filed amendment No. 2311 to make it "the foremost objective of the United States in the Global War on Terror to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and other leaders of al Qaeda and to destroy the al Qaeda network." To implement this goal, the bill authorizes $2.7 billion to build and support a 70,000 soldier Afghan National Army, $258 million for drug interdiction, $26 million for translators and interpreters and $363 million to support NATO operations in Afghanistan.  The amendment also states "As the drawdown of United States combat forces in Iraq begins, the forces being drawn down should be repositioned to support operations in Afghanistan." 

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Darfur

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Sen. Dole (R-NC) filed amendment No. 2130 to require a report on security capabilities needed to stabilize Darfur. 

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Iran sanctions

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Sen. Smith (R-OR) filed amendment No. 2166 to expand and strengthen sanctions on Iran and countries that deal with Iran. 

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Egypt

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Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) filed amendment No. 2227 withholding $200 million for Egypt until it implements a new judicial authority law that protects the independence of the judiciary. 

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Thailand

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Sens. Warner (R-VA) and Webb (D-VA) filed amendment No. 2230 to limit new military assistance to Thailand until it restores democratic rule. 

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Afghanistan development plan

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Sen. Durbin (D-IL) filed amendment No. 2965 to require a comprehensive 5-year plan for United States support and assistance in the political and economic development of Afghanistan. 

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Osama

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Sens. Landrieu (D-LA) and Dorgan (D-ND filed amendment No. 2993 authorizing  $25 million to conduct counterterrorist operations that assist in the destruction of the al Qaeda network. 

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Afghanistan reconstruction

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Sens. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Dodd,, Coburn, Hagel and Feingold filed amendment No. 3012 to establish  a special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. 
 
 

DETAINEES/TERRORISM 

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Status of detainees

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Sens. Graham (R-SC) & Kyl (R-AZ) filed amendment No. 2064 to delete Section 1023 in the bill that would require the Secretary of Defense to determine the status of detainees who have been held by the Department of Defense as unlawful enemy combatants for more than 2 years. The committee-approved provision would establish requirements for the procedures to be used by such tribunals. 

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Prosecution of enemy combatants

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Sen. Dodd (D-CT) filed as an amendment No. 2083 his previously introduced bill S.576, which has 12 co-sponsors, to mend federal provisions concerning the prosecution of unlawful enemy combatants by U.S. military commissions. 

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Guantanamo Bay

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Sens. Feinstein (D-CA), Harkin, Dodd, Clinton, Brown, Bingaman, Kennedy, Whitehouse and Obama filed amendment No. 2125 to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center within a year. 

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Extradition

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Sen. Specter (R-PA) filed amendment No. 2239 prohibiting expulsion, return, or extradition of persons by the United States to countries engaging in torture. 

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Rights of detainees

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Sens. Bond (R-MO) and Rockefeller (D-WV) filed amendment No. 2296 to require that a detainee is provided an unclassified summary of the classified evidence admitted in a Tribunal against the detainee. 

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Rights of detainees

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Sens. Bond (R-MO) and Rockefeller (D-WV) filed amendment No. 2297 to require that detainees are afforded a reasonable opportunity to obtain witnesses and other evidence. 

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Victims of terrorism

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Sens. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Specter, Menendez, Cornyn, Coleman, Lott, Lieberman,  Schumer, Clinton, Casey, Collins and Graham filed amendment No. 2251 to make is easier for American victims of terrorism and their families to collect damages.  

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Interrogation standards

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Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) filed amendment No. 2884 to prohibit certain kinds of interrogation methods inconsistent with the Army Field Manuel procedures. 

Sen. Biden (D-DE) filed amendment No. 2889 of a similar nature. 

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Torture

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Sen. Dodd (D-CT) filed amendment No. 2896 to bar spending for cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment or for extraordinary rendition of prisoners. 

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Dealing with terrorists

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Sens. Lautenberg (D-NJ) & Smith (R-OR) filed amendment No. 2900 to subject parent companies to the penalties levied against subsidiaries for cooperating with terrorists. 

Sen. Lautenberg (D-NJ) filed a similar amendment No. 2928. 

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Rendition & detention

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Sen. Biden (D-DE) filed amendment No. 2926 to bar extraterritorial detention or rendition, with certain exceptions. 
 

TROOPS/ CONTRACTING 

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Survivor benefits

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Sen. Nelson (D-FL) filed amendment No. 2000 to repeal the requirement for a reduction of survivor benefits plan survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation. 

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Home leave

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Sen. Pryor (D-AR) filed amendment No. 2027 to provide additional home leave for soldiers whose tours in Iraq or Afghanistan have been involuntarily extended. 

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Couples deployed to combat zones

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Sen. Gregg (R-NH) filed amendment No. 2030 to limit the simultaneous deployment to combat zones of dual-military couples who have minor dependents. 

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End strengths

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Sen. Coleman (R-MN) filed amendments No. 2037, 2040 (with Klobuchar) & 2117 to permit the Pentagon to adjust end strength ceilings (personnel limits) by 3% rather than 2%. 

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Assisting returned soldiers

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Sens. Lieberman (I-CT) & Boxer (D-CA) filed amendment No. 2055 to assist service members in obtaining necessary services immediately upon their return home after separation from the military. 

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Montgomery GI Bill

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Sens. Lincoln (D-AR), Crapo, Durbin, Coleman, Brown, Kerry, Leahy, Harkin, Casey, Snowe, Mikulski and Klobuchar filed amendments No. 2072 & 2074 on the Montgomery GI Bill that are provisions of S.644.  The first amendment provides operational reservists with 10-year portability of their Chapter 1607 (REAP) MGIB benefits.  This year, the recently passed House FY2008 defense authorization bill (H.R.1585) includes Sense of Congress language in support of this policy.  The second amendment moves Chapter 1606 (Standard Reserve) and Chapter 1607 (REAP) benefits from Title 10 to Title 38.  This provision was included in HR 1585 (Sec. 525) and the Senate language is identical.    

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Personality disorder discharges

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Sens. Obama (D-IL), Bond, Boxer, McCaskill and Murray filed amendment No. 2086 to place a temporary moratorium on the use of personality disorder discharges for those service members who have served in a combat zone.   

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Contracting

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Sens. Obama (D-IL) & Whitehouse (D-RI) filed amendments No. 2084 & 2104 to increase transparency and accountability in military and security contracting. 

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Cost of rebuilding American forces

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Sen. Brown (D-OH) filed amendment No. 2097 requiring a report on rebuilding U.S. Armed Forces to pre-Iraq war readiness levels. 

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Cost of post-war transition

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Sen. Brown (D-OH) filed amendment No. 2098 requiring a report on the cost of transitioning troops into military and civilian life in the U.S. after the Iraq War. 

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Oversight of military contractors

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Sens. Carper (D-DE) & McCaskill (D-MO) filed amendment No. 2123 to beef up oversight of military contractors.  The amendment requires training on contingency contracting for personnel outside the defense acquisition workforce.   

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Wartime contracting

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Sens. Webb (D-VA), McCaskill, Klobuchar, Brown, Casey, Tester, Cardin, Whitehouse, and Sanders filed amendment No. 2206 to establish a "Commission on Wartime Contracting" to study wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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Concurrent Receipt

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Sens. Reid (D-NV) and Snowe (R-ME) filed amendments No. 2235 and No. 2236 to permit retired military to receive both retirement benefits and compensation for service-connected disabilities (Concurrent Receipt). 

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Contracting out

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Sens. Dorgan (D-ND) and Wyden (D-OR) filed amendment No. 2248 to prohibit the head of an agency from entering into a contract for the performance of any inherently governmental function and to avoid conflicts of interest. 

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Protective vehicles

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Sens. Biden (D-DE), Graham, Casey, Sanders, and Brown filed amendment No. 2335 authorizing $24.6 billion for an additional 15,200 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles and $400 million for Explosively Formed Pentetrators protection. 

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Littoral Combat Ship

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Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) filed amendment No. 2885 to set a cost ceiling on the Littoral Combat Ship of $460 million per ship. 

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Refueling tanker fleet

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Sens. Conrad (D-ND), Hatch, Dorgan, Gregg, Roberts, Sununu, Cantwell and Inhofe filed amendment No. 2895 stating that it is the sense of Congress that timely replacement of the Air Force aerial refueling tanker fleet in a manner that achieves the best value for the taxpayer is a vital national security priority. 

Sen. McCain (R-AZ) filed amendment No. 2974 of a similar nature. 

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C-40 aircraft

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Sen. Durbin (D-IL) filed amendment No. 2964 to authorize $85 million for the procurement of C-40 aircraft. 

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Airlift

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Sens. McCaskill, Biden, Kennedy, Bond & Feinstein filed amendment No. 3010 requiring the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on various alternatives for the size and mix of assets for the Air Force intertheater airlift force, with a particular focus on current and planned capabilities and costs of the C-5 aircraft and C-17 aircraft fleets. 
 

OTHER 

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Presidential signing statements

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Sens. Specter (R-PA) & Kerry (D-MA) filed amendment No. 2021 stating that Congress hereby exercises its power to forbid judicial reliance on presidential signing statements as a source of authority in the interpretation of acts of Congress. 

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Fairness doctrine

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Sen. Coleman (R-MN) and 13 co-sponsors filed amendment No. 2020 barring the return of the “fairness doctrine” for television. 

Sen. Coleman (R-MN) and 25 co-sponsors filed amendment No. 2189 barring the return of the “fairness doctrine” for television. 

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Global climate change

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Sens. Durbin (D-IL), Hagel and Feinstein filed amendment No. 2042 to require a National Intelligence Estimate on the anticipated geopolitical effects of global climate change and the implications of such effects on the national security of the United States. 

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Gulf War illnesses

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Sens. Sanders (I-VT), Byrd (D-WV) and Feingold (D-WI) filed amendment No. 2060 to authorize $30 million for Gulf War Illnesses research. 

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Base closures

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Sen. Brown (D-OH) filed amendment No. 2096 to require a comprehensive accounting of the funding required to ensure that the plan for implementing the final recommendations of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission remains on schedule. 

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Mass atrocities

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Sens. Cardin (D-MD), Biden and Feingold filed amendment No. 2103 requiring a report assessing the U.S. capability to provide training and advice to the command of an international intervention force that seeks to prevent mass atrocities. 

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Immigration

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Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) filed a series of amendments -- No. 2140, 2041, 2042 and 2043 -- dealing with such immigration issues as international commuters, landowners liability, employment based visas and the “Secure Border Crossing Card Entry Act." 

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Treatment of ethnic Americans

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Sens. Feingold (D-WI), Grassley and Lieberman filed amendment No. 2151 to commission a study of the treatment of ethnic Americans during World War II, including Italian Americans, German Americans, Jewish refugees and European Latin Americans. 

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National Guard

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Sens. Bond (R-MO) & Leahy (D-VT) filed amendment No. 2165 to expand the power and authority of the National Guard. 

Sen. Warner (R-VA) filed amendment No. 2280 to amendment No. 2165 

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Inspector general

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Sens. Whitehouse (D-RI), Durbin, Mikulski, Feingold and Feinstein filed amendment No. 2169 to require Congress to be notified if an inspector general is denied information. 

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9/11 attacks

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Sens. Wyden (D-OR), Bond and Rockefeller filed amendment No. 2183 to require that an executive summary of the report on Central Intelligence Agency accountability regarding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 be made public. 

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Assistance for peace operations

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Sen. Levin (D-MI) filed amendment No. 2192 to provide up to $200 million annually for assistance to countries deploying soldiers for peace operations under the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI).  He introduced amendment No. 2988 to provide up to $100 million. 

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Earmarks

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Sen. Coburn filed other amendments to eliminate specific earmarks in the bill. 

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State sponsors of terrorism

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Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) filed amendment No. 2226 requiring a report on business activities carried out with state sponsors of terrorism.  

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Immigration reform

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Sen. Durbin (D-IL) filed amendments No. 2237 to provide educational benefits to children of immigrants and No. 2238 on immigration fraud protection. 

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National Guard on southern border

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Sen. Sessions (R-AL) filed amendments No. 2317 and No. 2318 to provide for the temporary National Guard support for securing the southern land border. 

Sens. Kyl (R-AZ) and Domenici (R-NM) filed amendment No. 2322 to authorize $400 million for Operation Jump Start to pay for a National Guard force on the southern border. 
 

AMENDMENTS ALREADY CONSIDERED  

N.B.  On July 25, the Senate took the military pay raise along with the Wounded Warrior legislation (see below), and passed them as a separate bill. 
 

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Deployment of American troops in Iraq

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The vote on cloture on the Webb (D-VA) & Hagel (R-NE) (with a total of 29 co-sponsors) amendment No. 2012 that would have mandated minimum periods for soldiers between deployments to Iraq was 56 – 41, with 60 votes needed (July 11).  Soldiers would have to be home for at least as long as they were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan before being sent back, and no reserve soldier could be sent to Iraq or Afghanistan if he or she had been there within the preceding three years.  The President could waive this limitation if he certifies to Congress that there is “an operational emergency posing a threat to vital national security interests.” 

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Iran

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Lieberman (I-CT), McCain, Kyl, Graham, Coleman, Collins, Sessions, Levin, Salazar and Craig modified amendment No. 2073 accusing Iran of assisting forces in Iraq that are contributing to the destabilization of Iraq and the murders of Americans, demanding that Iran cease those activities and requiring the Administration to report to Congress concerning Iran's activities there and responses to those activities was adopted 97 – 0 (July 11).  The amendment closed with the sentence: “Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize or otherwise speak to the use of Armed Forces against Iran.” 

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Deployment of American troops in Iraq

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Hagel (R-NE), Levin, Snowe, Webb and Reid amendment No. 2032 barring Army soldiers from serving for more than 12 consecutive months in Iraq and Marines from serving for more than seven months won a 52 – 45 majority, but 60 votes were required for adoption (July 11).  Many Army combat tours were extended from 12 months to 15 months earlier this year.  The President was permitted to waive this provision "in time of national emergency."

 

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Deployment of American troops in Iraq

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Graham (R-SC), McCain & Kyl amendment No. 2978 to express the sense of Congress on length of time between deployments for members of the Armed Forces was rejected 41 – 55 (July 11).   

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Protection against Iranian ballistic missiles

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Sessions (R-AL) modified amendment No. 2024  stating that it should be the policy of the United States to develop and deploy, as soon as technologically possible, an effective defense against “the threat from Iran” was adopted 90 – 5 (July 12). 

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Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act

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Levin (D-MI) & McCain (R-AZ) amendment No. 2019, a version of S. 1606 introduced with 39 co-sponsors, to provide for the establishment of a comprehensive policy on the care and management of wounded soldiers in order to facilitate and enhance their care, rehabilitation, physical evaluation, transition from care by the Department of Defense to care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and transition from military service to civilian life, was adopted 94 – 0 (July 12).  

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Osama

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Dorgan (D-ND), Conrad (D-ND) and Salazar (D-CO) amendment No. 2135 authorizing a reward of $50,000,000 for the capture, or information leading to the capture, of Osama bin Laden was approved 87 – 1 (July 13). 

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Avoiding a failed state in Iraq

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Cornyn (R-TX) amendment No. 2100 to express the sense of the Senate that it is in the national security interest of the United States that Iraq not become a failed state and a safe haven for terrorists was approved 94 – 3 (July 17). 

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Iraq troop withdrawal

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The vote on cloture on the Levin (D-MI)-Reed (D-RI) amendment requiring troop withdrawals to begin 120 days after enactment of the bill, with most troops out by April 30, 2008 was 52 – 47 (actually 53 – 46 because Sen. Reid switched his vote to be able to make a motion to reconsider) (July 18).  

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Darfur

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Sens. Clinton (D-NY) & Mikulski (D-MD) amendment No. 2108 to require reports on the U.S. policy to ameliorate the violence in Darfur and the affected region and on DOD contributions in support of any peacekeeping operations there was adopted by voice vote (September 18).   

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Drug Interdiction in Afghanistan

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Sen. Schumer (D-NY) amendment No. 2308 to authorize $162.8 million for drug Interdiction in Afghanistan was adopted by voice vote (September 18).   

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Chemical weapons destruction

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Sens. McConnell (R-KY), Salazar, Allard and Bunning filed amendment No. 2062 to increase funding for chemical weapons demilitarization at Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky, and Pueblo Chemical Activity, Colorado, by $49.3 million was adopted by voice vote (September 18).   

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Nuclear terrorism

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Sens. Clinton (D-NY) & Whitehouse (D-RI) amendment No. 2222, a version of her bill S. 1705, the Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Act, terrorism was adopted by voice vote (September 18).  The measure would establish the position of “Senior Advisor to the President for the Prevention of Nuclear Terrorism” and urges the President to make the prevention of a nuclear terrorist attack on the United States of the highest priority and to accelerate programs, requesting additional funding as appropriate, to prevent nuclear terrorism. 

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Cost of replacing nuclear warheads

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Sen. Bingaman (D-NM) amendment No. 2210 which would add to the nuclear posture review included in the Defense Authorization bill requirements that any plan for replacing or modifying the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile include an assessment of the estimated cost and anticipated schedule for replacing warheads was adopted by voice vote (September 18). The amendment also requires reports in 2009, 2011 and 2013 instead of just 2007. 

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Detainee rights

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A vote to invoke cloture (shutting off debate) on the Specter (R-PA) - Leahy (D-VT) amendment No. 2022 to grant detainees the right to challenge their detentions through habeas corpus petitions failed 56 – 43, with 60 votes required (September 19).   

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Rest and training for U.S. troops

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Webb (D-VA) - Hagel (R-NE) amendment No. 2909 requiring more rest and training for U.S. troops before being sent back to Iraq or Afghanistan failed 56 – 44, with 60 votes required for passage (September 19).  

A sense of the Senate McCain (R-AZ) – Graham (R-SC) amendment No. 2918 supporting the goal of the Webb plan if operational conditions permit failed 55 – 45, with 60 votes required for passage (September 19). 

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Condemning the moveon.org ad

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Boxer (D-CA) sense of the Senate amendment No. 2947 praising the troops and criticizing the 2002 television ad by Sen. Chambliss (R-GA) attacking the Senator and wounded Vietnam veteran Max Cleland (linking him to Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein), the 2004 swift boat ads attacking Sen. John Kerry and the 2007 Moveon.org ad failed 51 – 46, with 60 votes required for passage (September 20).  

Cornyn (R-TX) sense of the Senate amendment No. 2934 praising Gen. David Petreous and criticizing the Moveon.org ad was approved 72 – 25 (September 20). 

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Withdrawal from Iraq

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Sens. Feingold (D-WI), Reid, Leahy, Boxer, Whitehouse, Harkin, Sanders, Schumer, Durbin, and Menendez amendment No. 2924 was defeated 28 – 70 (September 20).  The amendment would have mandated the beginning of the withdrawal of most American forces from Iraq 90 days after enactment of the bill, with funds cut off for any American forces remaining in Iraq after June 30, 2008 except for counterterrorism, training and protection of U.S. infrastructure and personnel. 

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China

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Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) filed amendment No. 2892 requiring a study of China’s asymmetric capabilities, including cyberwarfare, in the annual report on China's military power was adopted by voice vote (September 20). 

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Withdrawal from Iraq

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Levin (D-MI) & Reed (D-RI) amendment No. 2898 to mandate the beginning of withdrawal of American forces from Iraq within 90 days of enactment of this bill and to complete the withdrawal within nine months of enactment except for limited purposes of training of Iraqis, counterterrorism and protecting American personnel and infrastructure failed 47 – 47, with 60 votes needed for adoption (September 21). 

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Earmarks

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Coburn (R-OK) amendment No. 3044 prohibiting the use of earmarks to award no-bid contracts and non-competitive grants was adopted by voice vote (September 25). 

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