The United States House of Representatives has passed a new measure limiting President Trump’s powers to make war decisions.
With the new stipulation in place, he will have to clear with the house before making moves.
ABC reports that the House on Thursday approved a War Powers resolution Democrats said would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran but Republicans claimed was “meaningless” and would undermine his authority as commander in chief.
As Democrats looked to reassert the constitutional power given Congress to authorize war, the non-binding measure passed along mostly party lines, 224-194, with eight Democrats splitting from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – although three Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with the majority. Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan also voted in favor.
The resolution mandates that, without congressional approval, military hostilities against Iran must end within 30 days.
It goes next to the Senate, where its fate is unclear. A similar measure there, introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, could be voted on as early as next week and Trump was almost certain to veto any attempt to restrict his war-fighting powers.
Before the House vote, Pelosi dismissed Republican criticism that a debate on war powers empowers Iran as “completely foolish,” saying “America and the world cannot afford war” and that the measure would “protect American lives and values.”