"Democratic leadership ‘effectively shelves’ Iran resolution."
The Democratic leadership in the House “effectively shelved” a proposed non-binding resolution that “critics say would amount to a naval blockade of Iran because of concerns that it could provoke another war, officials on Capitol Hill said.” The Washington Times reports:
Even though the document would not be a law but a “statement of policy” aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the Democratic leadership is worried that it could be viewed by the Bush administration as a green light to use military force against Iran, officials said. [...]
The draft “demands that the president initiate an international effort” that would impose “stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains and cargo entering or departing Iran.”