Pelosi’s statement was a sudden death from what members of her caucus were saying before Wednesday morning. While most were pushing for a war powers resolution, lawmakers said before an all-members briefing with Trump government officials on battle with Iran that if and when they’d proceed with one remained an open question.
“Members of Congress have severe, pressing concerns regarding the Administration’s choice to participate in hostilities from Iran and about its shortage of plan moving forward. Our concerns weren’t addressed with the President’s insufficient War Powers Act telling and from the Administration’s briefing now,” Pelosi said in her announcement. “Now, to honor our obligation to keep the American people secure, the House will proceed forward using a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military activities regarding Iran.”
The House will vote on the settlement, which is directed by Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a first-term lawmaker who formerly served at the CIA and the Department of Defense.
The move comes just over a week after the United States murdered Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani without congressional permission, which Trump and his allies assert was necessary at the face of an”imminent hazard”
Democrats are not buying the argument.
“I had been completely unpersuaded about any signs of a hazard that has been brand new or impending.”
Iran reacted to the assault on Soleimani Tuesday night, striking Iraqi air bases home US troops, but at a speech to the country Wednesday afternoon, Trump said he considers Iran”seems to be standing down”
In her announcement Wednesday,” Pelosi stated the House may also consider different invoices”to keep America safe,” such as Rep. Barbara Lee’s resolution to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) — that the Trump government has stated was that the legal foundation for Soleimani’s killing — and also Rep. Ro Khanna’s laws to prohibit funding for military actions against Iran not approved by Congress.
“The Administration has to work together with the Congress to progress a direct, effective de-escalatory plan that prevents additional violence,” the speaker said. “America and the entire world can’t manage a war.”