The House narrowly defeated an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill Thursday pertaining to war powers.

Offered by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., the amendment was defeated 213-208. Switch a mere three votes, and the amendment would have carried.

The Sherman amendment would have banned funds from being "used in contravention of war powers resolution."

Sherman and others argue the president is outside the scope of the War Powers Act and must get a blessing from Congress to continue current operations in Libya.

They agreed that the amendment would have been better on last week's defense bill. However, the Homeland Security bill allowed unlimited amendments. So it was in order.

This is separate from a Libya resolution which is expected to come up in the House tomorrow.