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House Votes to Limit Trump's Military Actions

A similar measure awaits in the Senate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2020 6:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Reigniting a debate over who has the power to declare war, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday approved a resolution asserting that President Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran. The war powers resolution is not binding on the president and would not require his signature, the AP reports. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nonetheless insisted it "has real teeth" because "it is a statement of the Congress of the United States." The measure will “protect American lives and values” by limiting Trump's military actions, Pelosi said. "The administration must de-escalate and must prevent further violence.'' The House passed the measure, 224-194, with just three Republicans voting in support. Eight Democrats opposed the measure.

A similar proposal by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., awaits in the GOP-run Senate, where it could come up next week, per the Washington Post. Kaine's efforts received a boost Thursday as Republican Sen. Todd Young of Indiana, a Marine veteran, said he might support the measure. Two other Republican senators said Wednesday they would back it. "We are members of a separate and distinct branch of government. It is our duty not to take anyone’s word for things as we are dealing with matters of life and death," Young said, adding that he wished Trump administration officials had provided more intelligence information during a briefing Wednesday on a US drone strike that killed an Iranian general. (Two other GOP senators blasted the briefing.)


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