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House Passes Resolution to Limit Trump’s Actions Against Iran

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President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Iran War Powers resolution – an effort to restrain President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without congressional approval.

The resolution passed by a vote of 224 to 194 with the support of three Republicans. Reps. Matt Gaetz and Francis Rooney of Florida as well as Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky all crossed party lines to vote in favor of the resolution.

According to CBS News, the bill is what’s known as a “concurrent resolution” – meaning it requires only the approval of both chambers of Congress and does not go to the president for his signature. The measure, which passed by a nearly party line vote Thursday evening, will next go to the Senate.

The structure of the House resolution is unique, however, calling into question whether it is actually legally binding.

“We deserve the respect from the administration and that Congress deserves under the Constitution. The Constitution of the United States calls that there be cooperation when initiating hostilities,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

While it is non-binding, the resolution is meant to reassert congressional authority and “rebuke Trump’s decision to take out Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike last Friday.”

Since Trump did not consult with congressional leaders before the attack that killed the Iranian military leader, the resolution “requires the president to consult with Congress ‘in every possible instance’ before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.”

The resolution says that “Congress has not authorized the president to use military force against Iran.” It also directs the president to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran or any part of its government or military.

Unless, of course, there is a specific blessing by Congress.

According to Fox News, the resolution was “widely panned by Republican lawmakers in the House.” These lawmakers called the measure a political move against the president and accused Democrats of empowering Iran by condemning the White House’s airstrike.

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    Barn

    January 10, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    Maybe they dont understand seperation of powers. It’s his job to act fast to a quickly changing threat.

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      Carol

      January 12, 2020 at 9:25 PM

      Im sure president ,Trump will do what he wants too. The house will know nothing. They will run and spill all they know. A bunch of cowards.

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    Paula Jean Ragatz

    January 11, 2020 at 12:13 PM

    I am very disappointed in the Republicans that crossed over and voted for this measure. Matt from Florida just lost my vote. Our President is our commander of our army and does not have time for both houses to discuss attacks and their is a BIG chance it could leak and our target might find out we are coming and risk the lives our our military men and women. This is the most stupid action ever taken and I am ashamed of any republican supporting this measure.

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      Diana

      January 11, 2020 at 9:26 PM

      Agree with you these are darn right Traitors and need arrested prosecuted for trying to destroy this great nation for their vile evil one world order, that includes politicians judges police lawyers, socialist, communist, atheists, and Islamist

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    Paul Aldredge

    January 11, 2020 at 1:23 PM

    If it is truly non-binding, then can’t president trump ignore it?

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      JOSEPH W MORGAN SR

      January 11, 2020 at 2:59 PM

      Just more hot air bullshit to make themselves feel important and show their total distain for the safety of this country and the people, which also includes the idiots of the liberal socialists.

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    JOSEPH W MORGAN SR

    January 11, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    HERE IS PROOF POSITIVE THAT THE SOCIAL LIBERAL DEMO-RATS ARE WILLING TO SELL OUT THE COUNTRY. THIS IS AN ABOMINATION OF TOTAL GREED AND WANTING OF TOTAL DICTATORSHIP BY THE DEMO-RATS.THIS IS ALSO PROOF THAT THEY ARE DOING ALL OF THIS BECAUSE OF THE “ENORMOUS HATE” THEY HAVE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP BECAUSE HE IS GIVING THE COUNTRY BACK TO THE PEOPLE AND TAKING AWAY THE GRAFF AND BACK PAYMENTS TO THE CROOKED POLITICIANS. IT IS TIME TO ROOT OUT ALL OF THESE TRAITORS AND MAKE THEM PAY FOR THEIR CRIMES AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. JUST LOOK AT ALL THE STATES, COUNTIES, CITIES THAT HAVE TURNED INTO GARBAGE HEAPS BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF THE LIBERAL SOCIALIST DEMO-RAT CONTROLLED GOVERNMENT AND COURTS.

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    Bob

    January 11, 2020 at 3:32 PM

    Matt Gaetz, Francis Rooney of Florida and Thomas Massie of Kentucky ALL need to be VOTED OUT of office!!!!!!!!!

    Anything these traitorous Democrats do should NOT be supported by Republicans. In fact, the Dems should be rounded up and thrown in Jail for their actions. Furthermore the Muslims in congress MUST go!

    What the HaLL is going on in this country? Has 1/2 of the population been eating mushrooms??? How can we let this keep going it MUST STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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