Friday, July 13, 2007

Sessions Amendment No. 2024: How the Sausage Gets Made

As previously noted, the Senate voted 90 - 5 yesterday to pass a modified version of Sen. Sessions’ (R-AL) amendment No. 2024 to the FY08 Defense Authorization bill, with only Sens. Feinstein (D-CA), Leahy (D-VT), Sanders (I-VT), Tester (D-MT), and Webb (D-VA) dissenting.

The amendment states that it is the policy of the United States “to develop and deploy, as soon as technologically possible, in conjunction with its allies and other nations whenever possible, an effective defense against the threat from Iran” and that “any missile defenses field by the United States in Europe are integrated with or complementary to missile defense capabilities that might be fielded by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Europe.”

I’m posting an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the amendment with hand-written changes to the text made by either staffers or the Senators themselves in order to make the amendment more palatable. Take a look.

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