House to vote on limiting Trump's power to go to war with Iran, says Nancy Pelosi

The House speaker, who has been after the president with her impeachment drive, said the House will move the resolution on Thursday to protect the people of America.

                            House to vote on limiting Trump's power to go to war with Iran, says Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi (Getty Images)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on a mission against Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election. The veteran saw the goal of impeaching the president in the House being accomplished last month and now, the focus is on Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. Amid the drama, Pelosi announced that the House will vote on a resolution on Thursday, January 9, to limit the president’s power to go to war with Iran.

Trump came under heavy criticism over his recent order to kill top Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani and his administration was accused of bypassing the Congress while deciding on aggressive measures against Iran that could see a potential war between the US and Iran. 

In a statement made on Wednesday, January 8, the 79-year-old Pelosi who is under pressure over delaying the sending of the impeachment articles to the Senate, 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.”

“This resolution, which will be led by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, will go to the Rules Committee this evening and will be brought to the floor tomorrow,” she added.

Pelosi keeps options open over future resolutions

The California representative also hinted at future resolutions, including one that would repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force and one that wouldn’t allow funding military actions in Iran not authorized by the Congress. 

In her statement, Pelosi also called Trump’s decision to assassinate Soleimani as “provocative and disproportionate,'' saying it endangered the lives of both armed personnel and civilians. She accused the president of lacking a coherent strategy to protect his own countrymen, de-escalate the situation with Iran and assure stability in the region.

The Democrats have said that they are not convinced over what kind of attack Soleimani was planning after the Trump administration said that he was caught “red handed” while planning a threat against the US and hence the pre-emptive strike was carried out to protect Americans. 

In October, Pelosi had a showdown with Trump during a meeting at the White House in the wake of the president's decision to pull out troops from Syria. 

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