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House Plans Vote To Limit Trump’s War Powers In Middle East

Writing to Democratic colleagues in a letter published on her official website, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that Congress would attempt to vote to limit President Donald Trump’s war powers in response to his administration’s assassination of a high-level Iranian military leader.

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Pelosi called the Trump administration’s decision to kill Qasem Soleimani a “disproportionate military airstrike” that “endangered our servicemembers, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran,” she wrote in her letter.

The Speaker added that there is concern over how Trump “took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution.”

“This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran…It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days,” Pelosi wrote.

Officially, the resolution will be submitted by Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a member of Congress who served in the CIA and specialized in Shia militias during her time there.

According to Pelosi, the resolution in the House will be similar to one being introduced by a Democratic member of the Senate.

Sen. Tim Kaine plans to force a vote on the matter. According to BuzzFeed News, Kaine can do so 10 days after a military action takes place, to limit the action, planned actions, or possible strikes that could occur afterward. Such a vote cannot be blocked by procedural action from the Senate Majority Leader.

“The question of whether United States forces should be engaged in armed conflict against Iran should only be made following a full briefing to Congress and the American public of the issues at stake, a public debate in Congress, and a congressional vote as contemplated by the Constitution,” Kaine’s resolution reads.



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