Date
12 January 2020
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks at a weekly news conference in Washington on Thursday ahead of a House vote on War Powers Resolution. Photo: Reuters
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks at a weekly news conference in Washington on Thursday ahead of a House vote on War Powers Resolution. Photo: Reuters

US House votes to rein in Trump’s war powers amid Iran tensions

The US House of Representatives voted on Thursday to stop President Donald Trump from further military action against Iran as the Middle East remained tense after the US killing of a top Iranian commander and Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes.

The resolution passed 224-194 along party lines in the Democratic-controlled House with nearly all Republicans opposed. The measure orders termination of Trump’s war powers to use US armed forces against Iran without Congress’ consent.

The measure now goes to the Senate, which is controlled by Trump’s Republican Party, and faces an uphill battle.

A White House spokesman called the House-passed war powers measure “ridiculous” and politically motivated.

The measure “could undermine the ability of the United States to protect American citizens whom Iran continues to seek to harm,” an administration policy statement said.

But if passed by the Senate, the measure does not need Trump’s signature to go into effect.

Earlier on Thursday, Iran spurned Trump’s call for a new nuclear pact, and its commanders threatened more attacks, fueling worries that an apparent pause in US-Iran conflict could be short-lived.

Iran fired missiles on Wednesday at bases in Iraq where US troops were stationed in retaliation for Iranian military commander?Qassem Soleimani’s killing in a US drone attack in Baghdad on Jan. 3. Reuters

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