House OKs limiting Trump ability to strike Iran

Congress Defense

Congress Defense

Earlier this afternoon, the Democrat-controlled House voted 220-197 in favor of a $733 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will fund the Pentagon and its various foreign wars through the end of the next fiscal year. Their amendment says that "no Federal funds may be used for any use of military force in or against Iran" unless Congress declares war on the country or passes some other statutory authorization for an attack.

"Both the president and his secretary of state have intimated that they do not need congressional approval to launch a war, with many members of Congress alarmed by the administration's transparent attempts to justify a war with Iran under the 2001 authorization to use military force", Abdi said in a statement.

The measure passed along party lines after a series of votes that pushed it further to the left. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.). Their action comes after Trump in June reversed course on a military strike against Iran.

But GOP lawmakers argued the amendment would complicate the commander in chief's ability to respond to Iranian provocations and bar an immediate response if Iran were to attack Israel, Saudi Arabia or an allied tanker in the Straits of Hormuz. The House Armed Services Committee's top Republican, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said military commanders told him the language would limit them too much. "This is only good news for Iran". Among them was a 251-170 tally to require Trump get authorisation from Congress to conduct military strikes against Iran, along with a repeal of a 2002 law authorising the war in Iraq.

An amendment from Reps.

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The sponsors argued the AUMF had been stretched far beyond its original intent, while the House Homeland Security Committee's top Republican, Rep. Michael McCaul, called it "dangerous" and said it would shutter USA counterterror operations around the globe.

Lawmakers also amended the defence bill to include provisions that seek to end USA support of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and rescind the administration's policy that bans transgender individuals from joining the United States military.

But the measure includes Democratic priorities such as a ban on transferring new detainees to the Guantanamo Bay prison and a denial of Trump's request for $88 million to build a new prison at the base. Western intelligence agencies accuse the Saudi crown prince of ordering the killing of the journalist at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

The White House has indicated that President Donald Trump will veto the House version of the bill.

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