BREAKING: House Passes “War Powers Resolution”


The House’s War Powers resolution has passed,
which will require President Trump to get congressional approval before launching further
military action against Iran. Axios reports the House voted 224-194 on Thursday
in favor of a symbolic war powers resolution directing President Trump to halt the use
of military force against Iran unless he obtains approval from Congress. The big picture: A classified briefing Wednesday
on the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani left Democrats and even some Republicans deeply
skeptical, with many claiming that officials did not provide evidence that there was an
“imminent” threat from Iran. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
said they will vote in favor of a similar resolution in the Senate, but the bill is
not expected to pass without additional Republican defections. Three Republicans and independent Rep. Justin
Amash voted in favor of the House bill. Eight Democrats, mostly moderates, voted against
it. The state of play: Following a week in which
the U.S. and Iran appeared to be on the brink of war, tensions between the two countries
seem to have momentarily subsided. Retaliatory Iranian missile strikes on Tuesday
did not result in any U.S. casualties, and Trump claimed in an address to the nation
that Iran “appears to be standing down.”

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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