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House Moves to ban Surplus Weapons Sales to Iran

Last week, I raised the issue of how Iran was obtaining spare F-14 parts from our own government's military surplus sales program. Today, Democrats in the House have moved to close this dangerous gap in our national security.

The House drew attention Monday to the danger posed by shortcomings in U.S. military surplus sales, voting a second time to ban the Pentagon from selling leftover F-14 fighter jet parts sought by Iran.

The House first approved the proposal last month as an add-on to military funding legislation. It backed it again Monday on a voice vote, this time as a freestanding bill.

The measure, nicknamed the "Stop Arming Iran Act," would be politically difficult for President Bush to veto. He has called Iran part of an "axis of evil" and accuses it of funding terrorism and trying to develop nuclear weapons. The White House had no immediate comment on whether Bush supports the proposed ban, which is expected to win Senate approval.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., proposed the legislation after The Associated Press reported in January that buyers for Iran, China and other countries exploited weaknesses in Pentagon surplus sale security to acquire sensitive military gear including parts for F-14s, other aircraft and missiles.

Once again, we have the Democrats making a real difference on national security with substantive legislation as opposed to the mindless bloviating and chest-thumping we hear from bloodthirsty Republican Presidential candidates who support torturing prisoners and "doubling" Guantanamo. Kudos to Wyden and Giffords for taking the lead on this one.

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