CNN

Pelosi says House will introduce ‘War Power Resolution’ aimed to limit Trump’s Iran military action

Jan 6, 2020, 6:55 AM
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Democratic members of Congress announcing the House wil...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Democratic members of Congress announcing the House will introduce and vote on a "War Powers Resolution to limit the President's military actions regarding Iran" amid rising tension. Saul Loeb/Getty Images

(CNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday sent a letter to Democratic members of Congress announcing the House will introduce and vote on a “War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran” amid rising tension.

The resolution, Pelosi writes, “reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.”

The letter comes as the US is deploying thousands of additional troops to the Middle East following the airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. Earlier Sunday, President Donald Trump reiterated his threat to target Iranian cultural sites.

“Last week, the Trump Administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials. This action endangered our servicemembers, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran,” Pelosi writes.

Pelosi said the resolution would be led by Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, who previously worked for the CIA and was an analyst for the Defense Department specializing in Shia militias.

“As Members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe. For this reason, we are concerned that the Administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution.”

Pelosi said the resolution will be similar to the War Powers Authorization Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine filed in the Senate that would require any hostilities with Iran to be approved by Congress through a declaration of war or new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) — a “privileged” resolution that he can force a debate and vote on, though it’s not clear when that might happen.

“I greatly appreciate the solemnity with which all of our Members are working to honor our responsibility to protect American lives and values,” Pelosi wrote in concluding her letter. “Thank you for your patriotic leadership during this difficult time.”

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

Today’s Top Stories

CNN

President Biden Delivers Remarks On Reducing Gun Crime...
Kaitlan Collins, Sam Fossum and Paul LeBlanc, CNN

Biden offers stark ‘Armageddon’ warning on the dangers of Putin’s nuclear threats

On Thursday, President Biden issued an Armageddon warning of Russia's continued threat to use nuclear weapons.
10 hours ago
People gather outside of a daycare center's scene of a mass shooting in the town of Uthai Sawan, 50...
Kocha Olarn, Hannah Ritchie and Heather Chen, CNN

Dozens of children among at least 36 people killed in childcare center massacre in Thailand

Children were among those killed in a shooting at childcare center in Thailand on Thursday. At least 36 people were killed.
10 hours ago
Dozens of people stage a demonstration to protest the death of a 22-year-old woman under custody in...
Oliver Darcy, CNN Business

A young woman’s death in Iran has sparked an uprising. News organizations are grappling with how to cover it

News organizations in the West are grappling with how to cover the uprisings in Iran over the death of a 22-year-old woman.
10 hours ago
FILE - President Joe Biden is taking his first major steps in decriminalizing marijuana. (AP Photo/...
Kevin Liptak, CNN

Biden to pardon all federal offenses of simple marijuana possession in first major steps toward decriminalization

The president will also encourage governors to take similar steps to pardon simple marijuana possession charges at the state level.
1 day ago
Russian-speaking hackers on Wednesday claimed responsibility for knocking offline state government ...
Sean Lyngaas, CNN

Russian-speaking hackers knock US state government websites offline

Russian-speaking hackers on Wednesday claimed responsibility for knocking offline state government websites.
1 day ago
Jasleen Kaur, left, Jasdeep Singh, center hold Aroohi, 8 mos. Amandeep Singh is seen right. The fam...
Aya Elamroussi, Natasha Chen and Jack Hannah, CNN

A kidnapped family of 4 has been found dead in California, authorities say

The family had been missing since Monday, when authorities said they were kidnapped by a man armed with a gun and forced into a truck.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Pelosi says House will introduce ‘War Power Resolution’ aimed to limit Trump’s Iran military action