Paul's amendment reads: "To clarify that nothing in the Act shall be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of the use of force against Iran or Syria."
In justifying his demand for the addition, Paul recalled the war drums beat by senators including John McCainJohn McCainGOP senators split over Cruz's aid on campaign trail Why a power grid attack is a nightmare scenario Senate fight brews over Afghan visas MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise Trump: Romney 'walks like a penguin' MORE (R-S.C.) in the lead-up to President Obama's unilateral decision to participate in NATO's war on Libya, and suggested there are several members of the Senate who are now itching to begin a new conflict abroad.
Reid did not agree to Paul's request for the amendment saying the underlying bill did not even touch the subject of war and to the contrary would provide key diplomatic tools that could prevent a conflict by "preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, threatening Israel and further terrorizing other parts of the world."
"I really am terribly disappointed," said Reid. "There is nothing in the resolution that talks about war, in fact it’s to the contrary. This is not a declaration of war or anything in the neighborhood of that."
The bill, S. 2101, would level broad sanctions at Iran and those who help Iran, including visa denial and freezing of assets on persons and firms that supply Iran with technologies.