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Lieberman Statement on Senate Vote Tonight on Iran Anti-Containment Resolution


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Joe Lieberman (I-CT) released the following statement on the Senate vote tonight on Iran Anti-Containment Resolution:

"Late this evening, the Senate will at last vote on a bipartisan resolution that Senators Lindsey Graham, Robert Casey, and I put forward at the beginning of this year, ruling out a strategy of containment in response to Iran's accelerating nuclear program. I wish to thank Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell for all of their hard work to enable this vote to take place.

"More than three-fourths of the Senate has cosponsored our anti-containment resolution, and I am confident that it will pass tonight with the overwhelming support of a bipartisan supermajority of Senators.

"By passing our resolution, the Senate will send a clear and unequivocal message to the leaders in Tehran: the United States will not allow you to get a nuclear weapons capability, and that all options are on the table in response to this threat except one -- and that is containment.

"This passage of our resolution will also show that -- whatever our partisan differences and disagreements, especially as we approach our Presidential election -- the simple fact is that Democrats and Republicans in the Senate stand united in our determination to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability.

"As President Obama has said, the window for diplomacy with Iran is closing. While we continue to hope that Iran's illicit nuclear activities can be ended through peaceful negotiations, the bottom line is this: they must and will be ended."

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