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Iran Sanction Bill Now Filibuster-Proof

2:28 PM, Jun 22, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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While the Iranian people took to the streets last week to confront their tyrannical regime, S. 908 -- the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, introduced two months ago by Sens. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Evan Bayh (D-IN), and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) -- was picking up steam on the Hill. As of Friday, the legislation -- which would empower the president to impose "crippling sanctions" on Iran -- picked up its 60th and 61st cosponsor in the Senate. The bill is now officially filibuster-proof. Impressively, support for the bill remains firmly bipartisan, with 31 Democrats and 30 Republicans on board.