House Democrats Pass Measure Which Limits President Trump’s War Powers Against Iran

The House passed a resolution Thursday to limit President Donald Trump’s war powers against Iran, as he navigate the tensions in the Middle East. The chamber approved it by a 224-194 vote. Three Republicans and an independent voted for it, while eight Democrats opposed it. 

Democrats have been concerned about conflict following the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani last week. They passed a measure to give Congress more oversight of White House military action against Tehran. The measure calls for Trump to stop military force against Iran within 30 days if he does not have congressional approval. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday on the House floor, “We must keep the American people safe. The House will pass a war powers resolution to limit the president’s military actions regarding Iran. Congress is reassuring our long-established oversight responsibilities as we mandate that if no further congressional action is taken, the administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran must end.” 

The vote comes only two days after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces. The U.S. reported no casualties in the attacks. 

House nears vote on restraining Trump’s actions against Iran


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