Senate Passes Treasonous Defense Authorization Bill. Rand votes for Iran Sanctions.Submitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 22:31
THIS WAS MISREPORTED LAST NIGHT. RAND DEFEATED THE DETAINEE AMENDMENT BY FORCING A RECORDED VOTE. THE DETAINEE PORTION FAILED 41-59.
Senate Approves $662 Billion Defense Bill
WASHINGTON – Ignoring a presidential veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a massive, $662 billion defense bill that would require the military to hold suspected terrorists linked to Al Qaeda or its affiliates, even those captured on U.S. soil.
The vote was 93-7 for the bill authorizing money for military personnel, weapons systems, national security programs in the Energy Department, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. Reflecting a period of austerity and a winding down of decade-old conflicts, the bill is $27 billion less than what President Barack Obama requested and $43 billion less than what Congress gave the Pentagon this year.
Shortly before final passage, the Senate unanimously backed crippling sanctions on Iran as fears about Tehran developing a nuclear weapon outweighed concerns about driving up oil prices that would hit economically strapped Americans at the gas pump. The vote was 100-0.