US: House votes to ban army surplus sales to Iran

The House of Representatives drew attention Monday to the danger posed by shortcomings in US military surplus sales, voting a second time to ban the Defense Department from selling leftover F-14 fighter jet parts sought by Iran. The House first approved the proposal last month as an addition to military funding legislation. It backed it again Monday on a voice vote, this time as a bill standing on its own. The measure, nicknamed the "Stop Arming Iran Act," would be politically difficult for President George W. 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.