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House of Representatives to introduce and vote on War Powers Resolution to limit Trump’s power

House of Representatives to introduce and vote on War Powers Resolution to limit Trump’s power

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in a letter on Sunday that the House will “introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit” President Trump’s “military actions regarding Iran.”

Pelosi announced the action as Trump doubled down on his threat to target 52 Iranian sites and threatened Iraq with sanctions after Iraqi lawmakers passed a resolution asking the government to expel U.S. troops for the killing last Friday of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani and the leader of an Iraqi militia on its soil.

She outlined her plan for the resolution, which will be led by freshman Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), a former CIA and Defense Department analyst specializing in Shia militias. 

The resolution “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.”

In the letter, Pelosi writes,

“Last week, the Trump Administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials.  This action endangered our service members, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran. As Members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe.  For this reason, we are concerned that the Administration 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.  This resolution is similar to the resolution introduced by Senator Tim Kaine in the Senate.  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.”  

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