- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 21, 2002

Iraqi scientists yielding information on their country's weapons of mass destruction would receive safe haven in the United States under a bill the Senate approved yesterday.
The bill, which would cover up to 500 weapons scientists and their families, comes as the United States threatens war against Iraq unless leader Saddam Hussein agrees to disarm.
"We owe it to Iraq's people and its neighbors to do everything we can to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction," said Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill with Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican. "We owe it to our own people to do all we can to achieve that end peacefully."
The Senate adopted the measure by voice vote just before adjourning for the year. If the House does not approve it tomorrow when it meets for the last time, lawmakers will have to begin work on the measure anew when the new Congress convenes in January.

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