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Politics House to vote Thursday on war powers resolution after Iran attacks

23:25  08 january  2020
23:25  08 january  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Pelosi says House to vote on resolution to limit Trump's military actions on Iran

  Pelosi says House to vote on resolution to limit Trump's military actions on Iran Pelosi says House to vote on resolution to limit Trump's military actions on Iran(Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will introduce and vote on a war powers resolution this week to limit U.S. President Donald Trump's military actions regarding Iran.

Iran says the attack was retaliation for the killing of top military commander Qasem Soleimani. Iran ’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said it launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for the US drone US Democrats say no schedule yet for vote on war powers resolution .

The House speaker informed Democrats in a letter just hours after Trump indicated that his tweets are Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the House will vote on a war powers resolution this Iran vowed “severe revenge” in response, while U.S. outposts braced for retaliatory attacks and oil

The House will vote Thursday on a resolution to limit President Trump's ability to take future military action against Iran without congressional authorization, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday afternoon.

a group of people standing in front of a flag: House to vote Thursday on war powers resolution after Iran attacks© Greg Nash House to vote Thursday on war powers resolution after Iran attacks

Pelosi's statement came after a classified lawmaker briefing from top administration officials following attacks by Iran the night before on two bases in Iraq that house U.S. troops.

The resolution directs the president to end the use of U.S. armed forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran unless Congress has formally authorized it or if there is an "imminent armed attack upon the United States." It was introduced on Wednesday by freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), a former CIA analyst who served three tours in Iraq and represents a competitive district.

Schumer: Senate must vote on resolution limiting Trump on Iran

  Schumer: Senate must vote on resolution limiting Trump on Iran Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that the chamber will have to vote on a resolution limiting President Trump's ability to take military action against Iran. Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, noted that Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) had introduced a war powers resolution that would require Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from hostilities against Iran within 30 days without congressional sign off."That resolution willSchumer, speaking from the Senate floor, noted that Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) had introduced a war powers resolution that would require Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from hostilities against Iran within 30 days without congressional sign off.

yet for voting on a war powers resolution that would limit President Donald Trump's actions regarding Iran and that legislation is still being drafted. Lawmakers are seeking to put a check on Trump's power after he failed to inform Congress in advance of a U.S. drone strike that killed top Iran

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the house will vote on a war powers resolution this week to limit President Donald Trump‘s military actions against Iran , warning that his order last week for a lethal strike against a top Iranian commander risked a serious escalation of tensions in the Middle East.

"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. Our concerns were not addressed by the President's insufficient War Powers Act notification and by the Administration's briefing today," Pelosi said.

"Today, to honor our duty to keep the American people safe, the House will move forward with a War Powers Resolution to limit the President's military actions regarding Iran," Pelosi added.

Lawmakers said Wednesday that they are still trying to work something out that ensures the resolution will have a "privileged" status in the Senate and therefore will require action by the upper chamber.

Progressives have also been pushing Democratic leaders to also hold votes on two additional bills. One from Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) would prohibit funding for offensive military force in or against Iran without prior authorization from Congress while the other, from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), would repeal the 2002 authorization of military force for the Iraq war.

Moments before Pelosi's announcement, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus held a press conference calling for votes as soon as this week on the resolution as well as the two bills from Khanna and Lee.

Pelosi said that the House "may" vote on those measures but didn't commit to a timeframe.

"The House may also soon consider additional legislation on the Floor to keep America safe," Pelosi said.

Updated at 3:57 p.m.

Congress could vote tomorrow on War Powers Act .
A measure to limit President Trump’s authority to wage war with Iran could come up for a vote in the Senate as soon as tomorrow. The sponsor of the Senate version, Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, already has two GOP senators on board, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.But Kaine needs two more Republicans to get the 51 vote simple majority needed for passage, and he’s hoping that Susan Collins of Maine and Jerry Moran of Kansas, who voted in the past for an amendment limiting funding for military action, will push the resolution over the top.

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