The House Voted Against Authorizing Iran War: Your Calls Helped!

May 16, 2012

5/18/2012 Update: Your Calls Worked! The House has unanimously voted in support of the Conyers/Paul/Jones/Ellison amendment.

Congress will soon vote on whether to authorize war with Iran. Starting today, the House is debating the military authorization bill, formally known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). One of the amendments would declare that this act is not an authorization of the use of force in Iran.

Rep. John Conyers (MI), Rep. Ron Paul (TX), Rep. Walter Jones (NC), and Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) have offered this bipartisan amendment in response to widespread concern about how this bill would push the United States toward war, with billions in weapons designed to be used to attack Iran and dramatically escalate the U.S. military presence in the Mideast.

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) has also offered an amendment to call for a special envoy for robust diplomacy with Iran, which would lift the current "no contact" policy that bars U.S. diplomats from speaking with their Iranian counterparts. 

Please call your representative TODAY using FCNL's special toll-free number, 855-68-NO WAR (855-686-6927). Ask for your representative by name and urge her or him to support the Conyers/Paul/Jones/Ellison amendment to ensure that the NDAA does not authorize war with Iran, and to support the Lee pro-diplomacy amendment.

Here are talking points you can use.

  • My name is _______ and I'm calling from _________

  • I'm asking that Representative _______ vote "yes" on the bipartisan Conyers/Paul/Jones amendment, to ensure that the NDAA does not authorize war with Iran.
  • I would also like Representative ______ to vote "yes" on the Lee bill, to support diplomacy with Iran.
  • Thank you.
  • For more info, see the full list of amendments that FCNL is tracking on Afghanistan, Pentagon cuts, and other issues, find out more about the pro-war provisions in the NDAA, and see the full text of Iran amendments and Iran-related sections in the NDAA.

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