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Pelosi announces House effort to tie Trump's hands on Iran military action

The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

Congress gets back into full swing this week, and in addition to the ongoing impeachment rancor, a big debate about Iran policy is also on the agenda.

Following last week’s airstrike that took out Iranian general and terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani, Speaker Nancy Pelosi teed up this week by announcing an effort to restrict President Donald Trump’s military actions against the Iranian regime.

Pelosi announced last night that the House would take up a resolution to limit President Donald Trump’s war powers toward Iran, saying in a letter to colleagues Sunday night that the strike that killed Suleimani last week risked “a serious escalation of tensions with Iran” and that Congress’ “first responsibility is to keep the American people safe.” The resolution would tie the administration’s hands on military action regarding Iran after 30 days with no congressional action, the letter says.

This letter followed shortly after the president’s Twitter announcement to Congress that “should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner.”

But the safe bet is that once all the televised speeches have been made, we’ll end up back at the status quo. Senate Democrats might be able to force a vote on the matter as a privileged resolution in the Senate, but it’s highly unlikely that something like this would be able to get enough Republican support for a veto override.

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