Congress Wants Report on Iran Strike Consequences

By JTA

Published June 01, 2012.
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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure requiring a report on the consequences of a military strike on Iran.

The amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act, initiated by Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), passed Thursday by a voice vote.

It requires the director of national intelligence to submit to the congressional intelligence committees within 60 days “a report containing an assessment of the consequences of a military strike against Iran.”

The passage of the measure without significant debate follows approval in both houses of Congress in recent weeks of language noting that tough legislation targeting Iran does not constitute war authorization.

J Street, the dovish pro-Israel group, praised the passage of the amendment.

“Today’s vote reaffirms that Congress is hearing the warnings of American and Israeli security experts who believe that a military strike on Iran would not only fail to stop its nuclear program, but could actually trigger its acceleration,” it said in a statement.


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