After Donald Trump’s outrageous decision to kill the second most powerful man in Iran, the House decided to reign him in. POTUS took the country to the brink of World War III and left people wondering if they would wake up to that terror.
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) came out of the Senate briefing presented by Trump’s top military leaders and was furious. They had the nerve to tell the Senators that they should not say anything about or even discuss the briefing, because that would harm the U.S. with Iran. He spoke to the cameras minutes after the briefing, and this Republican was furious.
Thursday, the House will vote on a war powers resolution to tether this lawless president to some sense of limitations. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a statement after Iran attacked two military bases housing Americans and our allies in Iraq. This vote would limit POTUS’ ability to take military action without congressional approval, especially against Iran.
She wrote that Congress had “serious, urgent concerns” regarding the president’s decision, according to NBC News:
‘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.’
She continued, noting that it was Congress’ “duty to keep American people safe:”
‘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.’
In addition, there will soon be more legislation along those lines:
‘The House may also soon consider additional legislation on the floor to keep America safe.’
Former CIA analyst Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) introduced the resolution in Congress. She served three tours in Iraq and serves a competitive district. Yet, she saw doing her duty as heads and shoulders above weekday politics.
Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA)’s bill repealed the 2002 authorization of military force for the Iraq war. Congress handed off the presidents their authority starting two decades ago.
Representative Ro Khanna’s (D-CA) bill would halt funding for offensive military force against Iran unless Congress authorized it in advance of any military action. Khanna was concerned about Yemen last year and said this about Slotkin’s resolution:
‘The Speaker and others have learned from that experience. Everyone is working to make sure that whatever we come up with gets a vote in the Senate, because if it’s de-privileged, [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell won’t bring it up.’
Trump said at the White House:
‘As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime. These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior.’
Co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said this at a briefing:
‘If there is evidence there, we have not seen it. There was no raw intelligence that was presented to us. We continue to see that this seems to be just a reckless action of a president who believes he can act without congressional authority.’
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