House Votes To Limit Trump’s Iran War Powers

The House Friday voted to block President Donald Trump from waging war against Iran without congressional authorization.

 

Lawmakers approved 251 to 170 an amendment to the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) that would bar funding to use military force against Iran unless Congress authorizes it.

 

It also would clarify that the broadly worded 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which underpins numerous U.S. military operations, doesn’t apply to Iran. And it would preserve the president’s authority to use military force under the War Powers Resolution.

 

Most Republicans opposed the measure, arguing it would handcuff the president in dealing with Iran’s destabilizing actions in the Middle East.

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