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House Votes To Limit Trump’s War Power, 3 Republicans Side With Dems


The House of Representatives has just voted 224-194 to pass a War Powers Resolution in order to limit Trump’s ability to act in Iran.

The vote for the resolution was largely spurred on by Pelosi and other top Democrats in Congress who were jested by Trump not briefing them before ordering the strike that killed General Soleimani.

While the outcome of the vote was largely split along party lines, 2 Republicans sided with Democrats to vote against Trump: Reps. Matt Gaetz, Francis Rooney, and Thomas Massie.

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The most surprising Republican vote against Trump and for the resolution to restrict his war power was Rep. Matt Gaetz, who has been one of Trump's strongest supporters in the past.

Gaetz appeared on Tucker Carlson following the vote to explain why he voted as he did.

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On the opposite hand, Sen. Lindsey Graham is already promising to oppose the War Powers Resolution when it goes to the Senate (if Pelosi ever sends it, ha!)

Reuters has more details on the War Powers vote:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday to stop President Donald Trump from further military action against Iran, rebuking the president days after he ordered a drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander and raised fears of war.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 224-194, mostly along party lines, sending the war powers resolution to the Senate. The partisan vote reflected the deep divide in Congress over Trump’s Iran policy and how much of a say lawmakers should have over the use of the military. 

Democrats accused Trump of acting recklessly and backed the resolution, while Trump’s fellow Republicans, who rarely vote against the president, opposed it. 

“The president has to make the case first - first, not after he launches an ill-advised attack and then comes up with a reason why it was necessary and why it was legal,” said Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

Republicans said Democrats endangered the country by trying to pass a resolution they characterized as an empty political gesture, at the start of a U.S. general election year. 

“Instead of supporting the president, my Democrat colleagues are dividing Americans at a critical time,” said Representative Mike McCaul, senior Republican on the foreign affairs panel. He said the resolution would “tie the president’s hands.”   

The White House also criticized the resolution’s passage in the House, calling it “ridiculous” and “just another political move.” 

The resolution “attempts to hinder the President’s authority to protect America and our interests in the region from the continued threats,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. 

CNN added:

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Iran War Powers resolution -- an effort to restrain President Donald Trump's ability to use military action against Iran without congressional approval -- with the support of three Republicans.

Republicans Reps. Matt Gaetz and Francis Rooney of Florida as well as Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky all crossed party lines to vote in favor of the resolution.

The measure, which passed by a nearly party line vote of 224-194 on Thursday evening, will next go to the Senate.

The structure of the House resolution is unique, however, calling into question whether it is actually legally binding. It was introduced as a concurrent resolution, a type of resolution often used for "sense of Congress" bills. They don't go to the President for a signature, and they aren't legally binding.


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