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Fight Over War Powers Looms in Congress

Pelosi says vote will be held Thursday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2020 6:43 AM CST
Sen. Mike Lee, and Sen. Rand Paul walk to a vote on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Iran and the US appear to have stepped back from the brink of war—but congressional Democrats still want to make sure President Trump's ability to take action against the country is reined in. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that the chamber will vote Thursday on a war powers resolution, the New York Times reports. "Members of Congress have serious, urgent concerns about the administration's decision to engage in hostilities against Iran and about its lack of strategy moving forward," she said in a statement, adding that their concerns were not addressed by a briefing from administration officials Wednesday. Pelosi said the strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani was "provocative and disproportionate." More:

  • Tussle over war powers lies ahead. The measure, which calls for Trump to end any military action against Iran that is not approved by Congress, is expected to set up a clash between Democrats and Republicans over war powers. Democrats argue that the measure will be binding under the 1973 War Powers Act if it is passed by both houses of Congress.

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