The House of Representatives on Thursday sent President Donald Trump a decisive message on conflict with Iran, voting overwhelmingly to block his ability to engage in further military action without congressional approval.
Three Republicans and one Independent joined the majority Democrats in a final vote of 224-194 to limit the now impeached President Donald Trump. The measure, which says that Trump should wind down any military engagement with Iran unless Congress votes to approve it, directly pushes back on his decision to kill the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani without consulting lawmakers last week. It’s not legally binding — the sponsors chose to introduce a non-binding “concurrent resolution” that wouldn’t require Trump’s signature — so if anything, it’s more of a message. “This resolution is intended to make clear that, if the President wants to take us to war, he must get authorization from Congress,” Slotkin said in a statement.
This bipartisan resolution can still be vetoed by The impeached President if it is also passed through the senate. A President’s War Powers has grown over the years under previous administrations.