House to vote on war powers resolution to rein in President Donald Trump amid Iran tensions
A day after President Donald Trump highlighted the United States’ determination to blunt state sponsored terror and a nuclear Iran while looking to quell a rise in tensions in the Middle East, the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution calling on Trump to seek authorization from Congress before undertaking any further military action against Iran.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement Wednesday saying Congress would move forward with a resolution Thursday to rein in Trump’s ability to wage war in the Middle East. Lawmakers will debate the resolution on the House floor starting around noon.
Pelosi said the Trump-approved drone strike that killed Iranian military and intelligence commander Qassem Soleimani was “a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials,” conducted without consulting Congress and endangering “our servicemembers, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.”
Following Iranian retaliatory missile strikes on Iraqi bases that housed American troops caused no casualties, Trump on Wednesday said he would impose new economic sanctions on Iran but he also said the U.S. stood ready to “embrace peace” and that it appeared Iran was “standing down.”
The strike on Soleimani saved lives because he was part of plans for an imminent attack threatening Americans, Trump and administration officials have said, though they have declined to provide details or evidence.
Trump, who insists he has the authority to order strikes to defend Americans, on Thursday morning called for solidarity among Republicans, tweeting that he hoped they all voted “against Crazy Nancy Pelosi’s War Powers Resolution.”
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