Days after U.S. President Donald Trump directed the military to kill a
top Iranian military official in an airstrike, House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi announced the House will vote on a resolution to "limit the
president's military actions regarding Iran."
In a letter Sunday night to Democratic lawmakers, Pelosi, D-Calif.,
announced that the House will vote on a War Powers Resolution that
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
Pelosi said it is similar to one Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., submitted to the
Senate on Friday to force a debate and vote in Congress to halt further
escalation between Iran and the United States.
The resolution will be led by Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., a former CIA
and Department of Defense analyst who has served multiple tours under
both Democratic and Republican administrations, Pelosi said.
Pelosi's letter follows Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Barbara Lee,
D-Calif., announcing a War Powers Resolution earlier Sunday to direct
the removal of U.S. armed forces from hostilities against Iran that were
not approved by Congress.
On Friday, the U.S. military killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an
airstrike, skyrocketing tensions between the two adversaries and
prompting the United States to send thousands of more troops to the
The attack, however, was met with staunch criticism from Democrats as
the plan was not discussed with members of Congressional prior to its
Omar called the killing of Soleimani "an act of war undertaken without congressional authorization."
"We in Congress must exercise our constitutional duty -- and do
everything in our power to stop another disastrous war," she said.
The resolution underscores that Congress has the sole power to declare
war as stated in the Constitution and requires that any hostilities with
Iran be explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific
authorization for use of military force.
The lawmakers said the resolution was a companion to the one authored by Kaine.
"It is past time for Congress to reassert our constitutional authority
and return to diplomacy with Iran and our allies," Lee said.
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