Advance Notice: Briefs

U.S. House to vote Thursday on Slotkin resolution restraining Trump war powers

By: - January 8, 2020 4:21 pm
Elissa Slotkin's ceremonial swearing in

Elissa Slotkin’s ceremonial swearing in, Jan. 13, 2019, Lansing | Andrew Roth

The U.S. House is set to vote on Thursday on a resolution sponsored by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) aimed at limiting the military actions President Donald Trump can take in Iran. 

“Members of Congress have serious, urgent concerns about the Administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran and about its lack of strategy moving forward,” U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement announcing the vote. “Our concerns were not addressed by the President’s insufficient War Powers Act notification and by the Administration’s briefing today.”

The resolution, which would face a likely veto from Trump should it pass the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate and get to his desk, comes after the president last week ordered a drone strike that killed Iran’s top military leader, ratcheting up an already tense situation.

On Tuesday night, Iran launched missiles at American military bases in Iraq, although there were no U.S. casualties reported. 

Trump said Wednesday that Iran appeared to be “standing down, adding that the U.S. response would be to put in place new economic sanctions “until Iran changes its behavior,” according to an Associated Press report. 

Pelosi said that in addition to the war powers vote, the House may also soon consider resolutions to repeal the 2002 Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF), which multiple presidents have used to conduct military actions without congressional approval; as well as a vote on funding for military actions.

“The Administration must work with the Congress to advance an immediate, effective de-escalatory strategy that prevents further violence.  America and the world cannot afford war,” Pelosi said.

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.