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Senate defeats bill to place conditions on US aid

By AP Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has defeated a bill that would have conditioned foreign aid on a country's cooperation in investigating attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities.

The bill also would have denied aid to Pakistan unless that country releases Dr. Shakil Afridi. Pakistan arrested the doctor, who allegedly helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden by running a fake vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA. The objective was to verify bin Laden's presence at the compound where the al-Qaida leader was later killed.

Afridi was convicted of high treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison. The United States has sought his release.

Eighty-one senators opposed Republican Sen. Rand Paul's bill and 10 supported it.

U.S. facilities in several countries have been attacked to protest an anti-Islamic film.

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  1. William WilsonComment by William Wilson
    September 22, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Please identify those republican senators who opposed this bill. Also indicate if they are running for re-election and who their opponent is.

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    • 1wayComment by 1way
      September 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am

      AMEN!

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    • 1wayComment by 1way
      September 22, 2012 @ 10:25 am

      Let me qualify my amen with this. We’ve been abandoning our foreign allies for years. All those senators who voted against this bill should rot in prison awhile and see how they like it (a Pakistani prison). We are so two-faced and without integrity and unwilling to stand up for those who have helped us it’s disgusting. These senators jet set around, live high off the hog and have no capacity to relate to the suffering of those individuals they consider to be inferior to themselves. People like Dr. Afridi are expendable. The fact that Pakistan imprisoned this person for high treason shows you what kind of friends they are. They should have made him a national hero. Instead its obvious who their real hero was. Nobody wants your filthy money Senators. What they want is the kind of character not seen since the Revolution, the Civil War, WWII and Korea. What an intelligence failure. Didn’t we know who we were dealing with? At the very least this Doctor should have been spirited out of the country just before the raid went down. Instead he was forgotten. Ho hum, does anybody care. Let’s spike the football, because it’s all about us!

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      September 22, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

      William,

      If you will sign up online for Congress.org you can look up any bill, any Congressman, and see how anyone voted on anything.

      “Eighty-one senators opposed Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s bill and 10 supported it.”

      The real problem here is that 81 Senators opposed and 9 even refused to vote. The only excuse for this vote is that the bill originated in the GOP-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate is determined not to cooperate regardless of the effect on our nation.

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    • stillwild1111Comment by stillwild1111
      September 22, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

      YES Votes (10)

      Member Party State
      Michael D. Crapo R ID
      Jim DeMint R SC
      Charles E. Grassley R IA
      Mike Lee R UT
      Jerry Moran R KS
      Rand Paul R KY
      Jim Risch R ID
      Pat Roberts R KS
      Richard C. Shelby R AL
      Patrick J. Toomey R PA

      NO Votes (81)

      Member Party State
      Daniel K. Akaka D HI
      Lamar Alexander R TN
      Kelly Ayotte R NH
      John Barrasso R WY
      Max Baucus D MT
      Mark Begich D AK
      Michael Bennet D CO
      Jeff Bingaman D NM
      Richard Blumenthal D CT
      Roy Blunt R MO
      Sherrod Brown D OH
      Scott Brown R MA
      Maria Cantwell D WA
      Benjamin L. Cardin D MD
      Thomas R. Carper D DE
      Bob Casey D PA
      Saxby Chambliss R GA
      Daniel Coats R IN
      Tom Coburn R OK
      Thad Cochran R MS
      Susan Collins R ME
      Kent Conrad D ND
      Christopher A. Coons D DE
      Bob Corker R TN
      John Cornyn R TX
      Richard J. Durbin D IL
      Michael B. Enzi R WY
      Dianne Feinstein D CA
      Al Franken D MN
      Kirsten Gillibrand D NY
      Lindsey Graham R SC
      Kay Hagan D NC
      Tom Harkin D IA
      Orrin G. Hatch R UT
      John Hoeven R ND
      Kay Bailey Hutchison R TX
      Daniel K. Inouye D HI
      Johnny Isakson R GA
      Mike Johanns R NE
      Tim Johnson D SD
      Ron Johnson R WI
      John Kerry D MA
      Amy Klobuchar D MN
      Herb Kohl D WI
      Jon Kyl R AZ
      Mary L. Landrieu D LA
      Frank R. Lautenberg D NJ
      Patrick J. Leahy D VT
      Carl Levin D MI
      Joseph I. Lieberman I CT
      Richard G. Lugar R IN
      Joe Manchin III D WV
      John McCain R AZ
      Claire McCaskill D MO
      Mitch McConnell R KY
      Robert Menendez D NJ
      Jeff Merkley D OR
      Barbara A. Mikulski D MD
      Lisa Murkowski R AK
      Bill Nelson D FL
      Ben Nelson D NE
      Rob Portman R OH
      Mark Pryor D AR
      Jack Reed D RI
      Harry Reid D NV
      John D. Rockefeller IV D WV
      Bernard Sanders I VT
      Charles E. Schumer D NY
      Jeff Sessions R AL
      Jeanne Shaheen D NH
      Olympia J. Snowe R ME
      Debbie Stabenow D MI
      Jon Tester D MT
      John Thune R SD
      Mark Udall D CO
      Tom Udall D NM
      Mark Warner D VA
      Jim Webb D VA
      Sheldon Whitehouse D RI
      Roger Wicker R MS
      Ron Wyden D OR

      DID NOT Vote (9)

      Member Party State
      John Boozman R AR
      Barbara Boxer D CA
      Richard M. Burr R NC
      Dean Heller R NV
      James M. Inhofe R OK
      Mark Steven Kirk R IL
      Patty Murray D WA
      Marco Rubio R FL
      David Vitter R LA

      You can better believe that I’m going to send a scathing letter to Mary “Usless” Landrieu of LA, because of her NO vote, and another letter to David “Where Were You” Vitter, of LA, as to why he DIDN’T vote — I don’t think he’s out campaigning for Mitt so I want to know why he was a no show!

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      September 24, 2012 @ 9:46 am

      Kay Bailey Hutchison is NOT running for re-election. Tea party candidate Ted Cruz is running for her seat. As far as John Cornyn goes, we need to convince him to retire as well. He was on board with the amnesty bill until we got really vocal. The longer those guys stay in Washington, the less conservative they become. Term limits would force people to put in new faces without panicking about losing seats on important committees.

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  2. VoiceOfReasonComment by VoiceOfReason
    September 22, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    You can just about bet that McVain, the two nutcases from Maine, the fruit from South Carolina and Scott Brown voted against it.

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    • CliffystonesComment by Cliffystones
      September 22, 2012 @ 10:56 am

      There is a government web site where you can get a list of who voted and how they voted, but you need the bill number to search it. I found some more details on Voice of America (voanews.com). The logic they (McCain included) use to continue flushing our money down the middle east toilet is insanity in it’s highest form.

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    • way2coolComment by way2cool
      September 22, 2012 @ 11:32 am

      Voice of Reason: Let me add to your list: Sen. Carl Levin, Sen. Sander Levin (yep, brothers), Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. John Dingell…….we are overloaded with sympathetic, liberal incompetents. Oh, the state is Michigan

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    • stillwild1111Comment by stillwild1111
      September 22, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

      @VOR, You called that one right on the nose. At least DeMint of SC voted YES, but Fancy Pants Graham voted NO.

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  3. Gary BairdComment by Gary Baird
    September 22, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Yes, I agree with the above comment. Let us know the names of those senators who voted against bill. And then we can vote them out of office. I think Clint Eastwood said it best … “They work for us!”

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    • 1formerladylawComment by 1formerladylaw
      September 22, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

      I agree with it too & very ashamed to be
      from there.

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    • stillwild1111Comment by stillwild1111
      September 22, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

      Posted all votes above

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  4. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    September 22, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    This sounds just like the anti-America, anti-Americans, anti-Christian, anti-white Senate. Not a bit of surprise here.

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  5. Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
    September 22, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Yep, everyday when we go to work, trudge through the day, we can think that we are working to “donate” dollars to Morsi, Karzai, Abbas and their “friends”.
    Kind of makes you want to give up and go on welfare except for that darn pride thingy inside of me.

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  6. dave49Comment by dave49
    September 22, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Here’s the link to find out how your Senator voted:
    http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/112/senate/2/196

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      September 22, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

      Thanks, Dave. This map is interesting to check out. I was looking at the states that have split party senators and how they voted. I noticed that Florida had a no vote from the democrat (expected) and the republican (Rubio) did not vote. He might not have been there as he is out stumping for Romney.

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  7. mrsgunnut10Comment by mrsgunnut10
    September 22, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    What has happened to our Senatorial Elected Officials that were ELECTED by WE THE PEOPLE ?? Have all of them been bitten by or smitten by the Great Obama Muslim Bug. Evidently the ordinary American Citizen is now one of those “Dumb A** PEEONS” that don’t have any idea, or smarts, about what to do with all of the Tax Dollars being wasted on these UN-AMERICAN Foriegn Countries. Senator Paul has the right idea, that has been voiced by us “DUMMIE” American Citizens quite often lately. I have the feeling that a large group of our Elected Officials now have that Degenerative Desease called – Senility. They have obviously been in Office way too many years and finaly need to be pastured with the rest of the Jack A**es that were put out in the pasture in the Elections of 2010. Lets do it again in November of 2012. VOTE VOTE VOTE. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

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  8. chamuielComment by chamuiel
    September 22, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    My two Texas Senators, Hutchinson, and Cornyn both voted no. For the first time in my 67 years of life, I am ashamed of my Texas Senators. I have contacted them to indicate that they are out of touch with their constituents and to inform them I will not vote for them again.

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    • vevaComment by veva
      September 22, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

      THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      September 22, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

      wonder if you’ll get a response? I’d also be interested to know the rationale for any and all that voted no on this. I know it would be some bullsh!t answer from the Dems but I wonder what Republicans and Independents would say?

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  9. Blkcatwm CarolineComment by Blkcatwm Caroline
    September 22, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    I was so angry after reading this that I went to the senate site and checked how they voted. I am so discusted with my AZ Senators always siding with the Democrats! It’s time we get rid of ALL the OLD TIMERS/ Career Politicians! I was disappointed at the ones that DIDN’T vote, like Rubio. I will be voicing my disgust to my Senators for sure. Here’s the link : http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_112_2.htm

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  10. CowgirlComment by Cowgirl
    September 22, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Here is the link with the names of the Senators and how they voted. Mine, both damrats, voted no, but I expected that.

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00196

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  11. bigjohn555Comment by bigjohn555
    September 22, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    Geez, Sen. Paul thinks that just because we give these people a few Billion, each and every year, that they should help us catch their people who killed our people…? What other crazy stuff is he thinking? He probably even believes the Right to Free Speech still stands…

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  13. RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
    September 22, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    How much more spineless in the face of Muslim terrorism does the Democratically controlled Senate have to show itself to be? Conservatives need to take back our Senate in 2012!

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  14. James LoweryComment by James Lowery
    September 22, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    A perfectly good idea! But who makes the decision about when too withhold money? Those people, politicians, get paid way too much to sit around and do nothing.

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  15. JoComment by Jo
    September 22, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    I believe the Congress passed the bill, but Harry Reid and the Senate denied it after Hillary made a plea to pass it. Of course Obama and Hillary want the muslim brotherhood to get our money to further sharia law in our country, but it’s also being used to buy weapons to kill our military men and women. I think our Congress should call for Hearings about this travesty of justice. The mainstream media covers for Obama as he continues to lie about everything.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      September 22, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

      “I think our Congress should call for Hearings about this travesty of justice.”

      Jo, how do you propose to get Congress to call for hearings about this when Congress is the group that voted to kill the bill? It was passed in the House and defeated in the Senate, so would you trust Harry Reid and Obama to hold a hearing on it?

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  16. stillwild1111Comment by stillwild1111
    September 22, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    Just to rant a little bit, here are the letters that I sent to my Louisiana Senators:

    Senator David Vitter,

    WHY were you a ‘No Show” for the vote on Senator Rand Paul’s bill that addressed the ongoing violence in the Middle East and to help to promote security at our diplomatic facilities? It’s not like it comes out of your pocket whenever you have to fly in from wherever you are so that you can cast your vote.

    Below is a copy of the comment I sent to Sen. Mary Landrieu. Just to make myself clear, I will work just as hard to make sure that you do not get elected to another term if you start neglecting your responsibilities to the citizens of Louisiana. I’m very much in favor of Term Limits for Congress and Senate members and hope to see that become a reality soon.

    Sincerely,
    One Very Pissed Off Citizen

    Senator Mary Landrieu,

    I’m amazed, disgusted, and ashamed that you are a Louisiana Senator, who obviously does not care about the interests of Louisiana’s people nor America’s citizens. How in the world could you possibly reason to vote NO on a bill that would address the ongoing violence in the Middle East and help to promote security at our diplomatic facilities? If Sen. Rand Paul’s bill had passed it would have made huge strides to ensure cooperation from the governments of Pakistan, Egypt and Libya. Why can’t you understand that cutting off over Three Billion US dollars to Pakistan, plus even more Billions to Egypt and Libya would only HELP America? Perhaps if you were thrown into the same jail as Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA track and kill bin Laden, you might change your outlook towards our peaceful Middle Eastern neighbors.

    I hope that you don’t expect intelligent Americans to believe that a small snippet trailer of a movie about the pedophile, rapist, murdering Muhammad was the actual cause for the attacks on our embassies; the sodomization and execution of our US Ambassador, and murder of other Americans serving our country in that Hell Hole. Those animals aren’t that smart and word of mouth just does not and cannot spread that fast. WE know that these attacks were about the anniversary of 9-11, and further violence against Americans continues to spread across the Middle East. You, and other Senators, could have done something noble and worthwhile to help put an end to this insanity, but you chose instead to look the other way.

    Please don’t insult me with a pre-worded form letter response, written by one of your PR people. I expect an honest answer and explanation as to what possessed you to vote against America’s interests once again.

    I am sincerely working to make sure that you are not elected to another term.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      September 23, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

      excellent letters! wonder if you’ll get any kind of response?

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  17. Marcia SnodgrassComment by Marcia Snodgrass
    September 23, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    The senate forget they are elected workers for us , we the people, I am sick and tired of them just doing what they want. Time to kick them out, set term limits. And get people in there that believe in America our values and what this country was founded upon, Christianity.

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  18. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    September 23, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Whhhoooaaaa…Before you get your drawers in a wad it is best to find out Why they are against it.
    Republicans are good at turning down a bill for a perfectly good reason, but they don’t spread the news as to Why. 99 times out of 100 it is something added to the bill by the Democrats that has nothing to do with the title or purpose of the bill. It is usually funding for something completely different thrown in at the last minute. The end result is that the Republicans wouldn’t allow this to go through. When they say it they know why but won’t admit it. Like Dolly says..There’s something dirty goin on. It’s called congress.

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    • bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
      September 23, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

      I have done some research but have little to say. You can read the bill at :

      http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s3576/text

      I read one place, Reuters I think, that the bill had little chance of passing because Republicans up for reelection will vote against it to show that they are against Obama’s Foreign Aid practices.

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