(Bumped and updated with with final vote tally - promoted by tparty)
Update: The amendment just passed 76-22. (Official roll call will be up here soon.) Clinton and Reid voted aye. Dodd and Webb were among those who voted nay (here's Dodd's statement). The final language they voted on is unclear, but if Webb voted against it, it's obvious his sincere and serious concerns as he voiced yesterday were not addressed by the revision. (Here's the marked up amendment as a PDF - most of the particularly inflammatory language was taken out, except for the paragraph asking the State Dept. to designate the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group.)
Let's be clear. There is no doubt about the intent of this amendment, and it's ultimate effect - to ratchet up tensions, put the Senate's imprimatur on something just short of an authorization of force, and make military action against Iran more likely, if not tomorrow or next week, then at some future point.
When the Iran AUMF is brought up for a vote in the Senate, you can bet Lieberman and Cheney will be referencing this vote repeatedly.
Carah Ong has the latest details on the amendment as of this (Wednesday) morning:
It is possible that the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment No. 3017 could be voted on today. My colleague Travis Sharp just called the Cloak Room and apparently there is not yet an agreement for a vote on either the Biden amendment or the Lieberman-Kyl amendment.
According to Laura Rozen citing a veteran Hill source, "Schumer allegedly [is] working on a side by side. Levin will likely vote yes, while ... Reid is likely to vote no. ... The alternative will still condemn iran, but probably use less inflammatory language and likely make clear that it is not authorizing force in any manner."
Call it a hunch, but I doubt the revised language will be much better.
Robert Naiman at Just Foreign Policy has set up an email tool for contacting Senators about the vote:
The Senate is scheduled to vote as early as Wednesday, September 26, on an amendment that, if passed, would dangerously escalate our government's conflict with Iran.Bill Richardson has come out with a public statement opposing the language in the amendment. Sens. Webb and Durbin have also spoken out forcefully on the Senate floor.
Can you contact your Senators and ask them to vote against the Kyl-Lieberman amendment on Iran?
Meanwhile, Sen. Dodd maintains his public silence:
U.S. Senator Chris Dodd:
Tel: (202) 224-2823
Tel: (860) 258-6940
(800) 334-5341 -CT only