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05/16/2007 11:14 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

DeFazio Amendment Against Attacking Iran on House Floor Today

An amendment blocking military action against Iran without Congressional authorization is expected to be voted on in the House today (Wednesday) as part of the debate on the defense authorization bill. The amendment is being introduced by Reps. DeFazio, Paul, Hinchey, and Lee.

Similar amendments have failed in the past, but the Democratic leadership is more on board than it has been in the past, the Hill reports:

"House Democrats, who have been divided on whether the president needs authorization from Congress to attack Iran, suggested yesterday that they are more united on the controversial issue.

But with Iran measures possibly headed to the House floor as early as today, it is unclear if Democrats have the votes to pass legislation calling for the president to seek authorization from Congress for a preemptive strike on Iran."

The Congressional switchboard is 202-225-3121.

Background on the issue can be found here:

You can find more info and report the results of your call here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/blog/?p=239