House OKs Measure to Limit Trump’s War Powers Against Iran

The House voted 224-194 to pass a resolution that would require President Donald Trump to request authorization from Congress before initiating military measures against Iran, NPR reported Thursday.

The approval of the war powers resolution, which was sponsored by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), came a week after the president ordered a U.S. drone strike in Iraq that resulted in the death of Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general.

The Senate could consider as soon as next week a similar bill that has the force of law.

Robert O'Brien, White House national security adviser, said the president met his War Powers Act obligations to inform Congress about the airstrike and that the administration would “certainly” go to the Capitol Hill in the event of a prolonged conflict, Politico reported.

"Under Article Two of the Constitution, the president is allowed to exercise military power to defend the American people and defend our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines … if it's in the national interest and the action doesn't rise to the level of war," O'Brien said on Fox News Sunday. "That's what we did here, and that's what we'll continue to do in the future."

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