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PoliticsHouse votes to require congressional approval for military strike against Iran

21:32  12 july  2019
21:32  12 july  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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WASHINGTON — The House on Friday voted for a measure that would block President Donald Trump from initiating military action against Iran without congressional approval . Lawmakers adopted the amendment from Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., in a 251-170 vote with more

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House votes to require congressional approval for military strike against Iran© Zach Gibson The Capitol in Washington

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday voted for a measure that would block President Donald Trump from initiating military action against Iran without congressional approval.

Lawmakers adopted the amendment from Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., in a 251-170 vote with more than two dozen Republicans in support. The measure was wrapped into the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that the House passed Friday afternoon.

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The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran The House on Friday passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block the Trump administration from funding military action against Iran without congressional approval. The vote came amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran as Iran surpassed the uranium enrichment limitations imposed by the Obama-era nuclear agreement. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the pact in 2018, but until recently Iran had stayed within the deal's bounds. "Iran better be careful. They're treading on very dangerous territory. Iran of you listening, you better be careful," Trump told reporters Friday.

The House of Representatives has voted to restrict President Donald Trump’s ability to launch military strikes on Iran The first bill, which would block Trump from using federal funds to for "unauthorized military force against Iran ” passed by a That resolution did not go on to the Senate for approval .

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to approve a resolution aimed at restraining the President's ability to use military action against Iran without congressional approval , amid simmering tensions between the US and the country.

The House and the Senate will still have to reconcile their separate versions of the defense bill, and are likely to exclude the Iran amendment from the final package. Last month, a similar measure that would have restricted the president's ability to unilaterally launch military action on Iran failed in the Senate. The legislation received 50 votes in favor and 40 against, falling short of the 60-vote hurdle to advance to a final vote.

The amendment's adoption by the House follows Trump's statement in June that the United States had been "cocked and loaded" to strike Iranian targets in retaliation for Iran shooting down an unmanned drone.

During a White House meeting a day before Trump almost greenlighted the military strike, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told the president that he would need Congress to approve any sort of military action against Iran, she later told reporters. Trump himself said that he had backed down because the Pentagon said that the loss of life would be a disproportionate response to the shooting down of the drone.

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from Congress for military action against Iran , after Senate leaders struck a deal on the vote amid Democrats threatening to hold up the passage of an annual defense bill. In the lead-up to Friday's vote , Senate Republicans signaled confidence they had enough votes to defeat the amendment.

The House overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) barring President Trump from going to war with Iran without congressional Matt Gaetz, would prevent federal funds from being used for any conflict in Iran without congressional authorization.

Trump said at the time, amid heightening tensions with Iran, that he had executive power to strike Iran unilaterally without congressional approval. Former President Barack Obama relied on an authorization for the use of military force from 2001 in justifying his unilateral power to launch strikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria.

On Friday, the House also repealed the Authorization for Use of Military Force that Congress passed in 2002 and adopted another amendment that expressed that the 2001 AUMF has served as a "blank check for any president to wage war at any time and any place." The measure said that any new AUMF must include a sunset clause with a clear set of "objectives, targets, and geographic scope, and reporting requirements."

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