Senate agrees on Iran and bin Laden

Reward for bin Laden's capture raised to $50 million, and administration must report on Iran.

By Julia Dahl

Published July 13, 2007 2:20PM (EDT)

They may be squabbling about Iraq, but apparently there are still a few things the Senate can agree on. This morning, by an 87-1 vote, the Senate authorized a $50 million reward for aiding in the capture of Osama bin Laden. Previously, the reward had been set at $25 million. In addition to raising the reward, the amendment requires the administration to submit a report to Congress detailing the efforts to capture bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders. The amendment, titled the "Bring bin Laden to Justice Amendment," was introduced by two North Dakota Democrats, Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad, who called upon the administration to shift focus from Iraq back to al-Qaida.

And on Wednesday, the Senate voted unanimously (97-0) to pass an amendment to the 2008 defense authorization act offered by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. The amendment would require the Bush administration to issue reports to Congress detailing Iran's involvement in attacks on U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The first report would be required 30 days from enactment, and another would be due every 60 days thereafter.

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