June 21, 2015

NRCAT: Senate Votes 78-21 For The McCain-Feinstein Amendment

On June 16, the Republican-led U.S. Senate voted 78-21 for the McCain-Feinstein Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to end CIA torture.

The language in this amendment would prohibit waterboarding, confinement boxes, sleep deprivation, rectal rehydration, and other unspeakable forms of documented CIA torture. In the floor debate, Senator McCain read from letters he received from both the National Association of Evangelicals and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The principled stand he and Senator Feinstein took against torture could not have happened without the support of NRCAT and faith leaders from across the political and religious spectrum.

However, the legislation still has a long path to become U.S. law. The NDAA will go to a House-Senate conference committee that will work out the final language for the bill. Once the conference committee includes the McCain-Feinstein provision in all versions of the NDAA that are sent to the President, the battle to end CIA torture will be won.

For information on the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, click here.

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