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US Senate Kills Bill to Stop Obama’s Transfer of Weapons to Egypt

Posted by FactReal on February 1, 2013

OBAMA ERA: WEAPONS FOR ISLAMIC RADICALS BUT NOT FOR AMERICANS
All Democrats and several RINO-Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted yesterday to block an amendment trying to stop Obama from sending $1 billion worth of F-16 fighter jets and Abrams tanks to the Islamic radicals now in power in Egypt. (Scroll down to see how each Senator voted.)

CNSNews.com reported:

The U.S. Senate Thursday defeated an amendment that aimed to prevent the Obama  administration from transferring F-16 fighter aircraft and Abrams tanks  to an Egypt in disarray.

A vote to block the measure proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) – an amendment to the debt limit bill – passed by a 79–19 vote.

In a strong-worded floor statement Paul questioned the wisdom of  providing the sophisticated weaponry at a time when “many see Egypt  descending into chaos.”

He based his argument on the Egyptian government’s conduct, President  Mohammed Morsi’s expressed radical views, and the possibility that the  weapons could be used in a future conflict against Israel.

“I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently  governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently  that Jews were ‘bloodsuckers’ and ‘descendants of apes and pigs,’” he  said. “This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality that we  would be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.”

SEE HOW YOUR SENATORS VOTED
A ‘No’ vote here would have stopped Obama from transferring these advanced weapons to the Egyptian regime.

Roll call vote: YES = 79, NO=19, Not Voting=2 on the motion to table (to block) Senator Rand Paul’s Amendment No. 9 whose purpose was to “prohibit the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F-16 aircraft, M1 tanks, or certain other defense articles or services to the Government of Egypt.”

YEAs —79

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt* (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn* (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe* (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns* (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murphy (D-CT)
Nelson (D-FL)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs —19

Boozman (R-AR)
Coats (R-IN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Fischer (R-NE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Lee (R-UT)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)

Not Voting – 2

Kerry (D-MA) Murray (D-WA)
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) explained:

[M]any see Egypt descending into chaos. What is President Obama’s response to this? To send them some of the most sophisticated weapons we have: F-16 fighters and Abrams tanks. I think this is particularly unwise, and this legislation will stop it.

I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently that ‘Jews were bloodsuckers and descendants of apes and pigs.’ This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality we would be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.

I think it is a grave mistake to send F-16s and tanks to a country that detained American citizens on trumped up political charges. On a country that currently is still detaining Egyptian citizens on trumped-up political charges.

I think it is a blunder of the first proportion to send sophisticated weapons to a country that allowed a mob to attack our embassy and to burn our flag. I find it objectionable to send weapons, F-16s and tanks, to a company that allowed a mob chanting “death to America” to threaten our American diplomats.

* UPDATE: Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a bill to “suspend military sales to Egypt” with conditions. His bill (PDF) was co-sponsored by Republican Senators Blunt, Coburn, Johanns, and Lee. The bill was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

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Obama sending F-16s and tanks to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood regime
Transcript of Senator Rand Paul’s speech

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