A bipartisan bill to arm Kurdish forces fell in the Senate by 6 votes.
The Kurds have been the only local group in Iraq/Syria that has shown any progress in beating ISIS…and they are our friends.
So how could this bill fail? Good question. We need answers!
Senators Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) are joining to introduce bipartisan legislation that would provide temporary, emergency authorization of defense services and training to the Kurdistan Regional Government.
“ISIS is deadly and determined, and Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces – our critical partner in the fight against ISIS – need U.S. weapons as quickly as possible,” Ernst says.
This legislation would permit America to give assistance to the Kurds, who has been a partner to the U.S. in combating ISIS.
“The Iraqi Kurds have been a steadfast and capable partner of the United States, and this bill will help ensure they have the support they need in the fight against ISIL,” Boxer says.
The legislation would give President Obama authority to send weapons and provide necessary training to the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The legislation also would provide this assistance for a three-year period, seeking to limit any delays in arming forces fighting against ISIS.