Sen. Shaheen tackles Middle East and North Africa WMDs

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The bill comes as the White House and Congress are debating how to ensure that Syria's vast stockpiles of chemical weapons don't fall into the hands of Islamist insurgents. The administration is also struggling to contain more conventional weapons, including thousands of arms that disappeared after the fall of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi and were used in last year's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, and the Islamist insurgency in nearby Mali.

The bill has the support of several nonproliferation experts, notably David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security and Orde Kittrie, who helped negotiate five U.S.-Russia nuclear agreements when he was at the State Department.

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