U.S. House rejects funding for military force in Iran

Other News Materials 17 May 2007 12:28 (UTC +04:00)

( RIA Novosti ) - U.S. Congress voted against using budget funding for military operations against Iran.

Congress is currently debating a $640 billion budget for 2008 funding for the Pentagon, and the Department of Energy's nuclear weapon program.

The two amendments approved by Congress will prevent the Pentagon using any budget funds to plan operations in, or use force against, Iran.

Senators approved military funding May 11 for Iraq and Afghanistan in two-stages, after President Bush had vetoed a previous bill that linked $124 billion to the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq calling it "unacceptable." Bush has threatened to veto the second two-stage proposal put forward by Congress.

Republican congressman Duncan Hunter, who voted against both amendments, said they would complicate operations for U.S. troops.