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The "Iran War Resolution" Has Slowed, but it's Not Dead

July 25, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

The anti-war movement has managed to slow down Congress’s mad rush to approve a naval blockade of Iran. Just last week House staffers were saying that the controversial Iran resolution was set to pass any day “like a hot knife through butter.” Now it appears that the brakes have been put on and lawmakers who once supported the bill are actually withdrawing their names from the co-sponsor list.

These five Representatives have withdrawn their support:

Steve Cohen (D-TN)
Tom Allen (D-ME)
William Lacy Clay (D-MO)
Robert Wexler (D-FL)

Barney Frank (D-MA)

Plus, Howard Berman (D-CA) Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that has jurisdiction over the bill, has said that he does not want to pass the bill out of the committee.

But the bill is not dead. Even as the anti-war crowd has successfully raised the red flag, more Representatives from both parties have continued to add their names to the bill. Right now the bill has 253 total co-sponsors, which is six more than when I checked last night and just 37 short of how many votes it would take to pass under a suspension of the rules. Suspending the rules is the only way that House leaders can bypass Berman’s committee and bring the bill to the floor. Perhaps the suspension calendar is what Berman meant when he said that “the resolution is moving and is out of his hands.”

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