THE BLOG
10/10/2007 12:47 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hillary Clinton is Doing More than Your Senators to Prevent a U.S. Attack on Iran

Unless you happen to live in Virginia or New York, right now Hillary Clinton is doing more than both of your U.S. Senators to prevent the Bush Administration from attacking Iran.

How does that make you feel?

On October 1, Senator Clinton took a step that no other Senator had taken since March, despite repeated appeals from peace activists to do so: she co-sponsored Senator Webb's bill, S.759 - "A bill to prohibit the use of funds for military operations in Iran." The bill seeks to prevent President Bush from attacking Iran without explicit Congressional authorization. As you can see from following the above link to Thomas, Senator Webb's bill, seven months after it was introduced, just has one co-sponsor - Hillary Clinton.

There are four sitting Democratic Senators running for President. All of them say the President cannot attack Iran without Congressional authorization. How come Obama, Biden, and Dodd haven't signed on to Webb's bill?

How come Senator Byrd and Senator Sanders - who each have introduced resolutions affirming that the President cannot attack Iran (or any nation, in the Byrd resolution) without Congressional authorization - have not co-sponsored the Webb bill?

How about the other 17 Senators (not counting Webb, Byrd, Sanders, Biden, Dodd) who voted against the ramp-up-the-conflict-with-Iran Kyl-Lieberman amendment? Why haven't they signed on as co-sponsors of the Webb bill?

Supporters of Biden and Dodd may counter that they voted against the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, so they have made clear their position. Supporters of Obama may counter that although he missed the vote, he clearly opposed the Kyl-Lieberman amendment.

But why, then, is it so much trouble for these Senators to take the simple act of signing on to the Webb bill?

Others may say: Hillary only did this to cover herself from criticism for voting for the Kyl-Lieberman amendment. So? Let other offenders so cover themselves, like Senators Durbin, Dorgan, Feinstein, Lautenberg, Mikulski, Reed, Reid, Rockefeller, Schumer, Stabenow, and Whitehouse. If Hillary can do it, why not these?

Durbin's office has said: the Webb bill is redundant, because under the Constitution the President cannot attack Iran without Congressional authorization.

You mean to tell me, Senator Durbin, that you have never co-sponsored or voted for any bill or resolution that reaffirmed or was "redundant" with existing U.S. law?

Ask your Senators to co-sponsor the Webb bill.