US House of Representatives votes to restrain Trump’s war powers against Iran

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The Democrats-controlled House of Representatives has approved a non-binding war powers resolution to stop President Donald Trump from pursuing further military action against Iran.

By this directive, President Trump will be unable to attack Iran in future without approval from Congress, except in cases of an imminent attack against the US.

This comes in the wake of tensions between the two countries following the U.S. killing of a top Iranian commander, Qasem Soleimani and Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes.

The proposal cited the 1973 War Powers Act, which granted Congress the ability to check the President’s power to commit the US to armed conflict.

According to the BBC, the measure is a concurrent resolution which does not require a presidential signature and hence would not face a potential Trump veto.

Even though President Trump is yet to respond to the measure, a White House spokesman has called the war powers measure “ridiculous” and politically motivated, according to Reuters.

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

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