U.S. House votes to limit Trump’s military action against Iran without congressional approval

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to limit President Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

In a 224-194 vote that mainly went along partisan lines, the Democratically-controlled House led by Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi approved the war powers resolution keeping Trump from using most military force against Iran without first getting approval from Congress.

Republicans said because the resolution can’t be vetoed by Trump and these resolutions are usually non-binding, it proves Democrats are just posturing.

Eight Democrats voted against the resolution. 

Democrat Max Rose, Staten Island-Brooklyn Rep., who voted against the resolution, agreed with Trump’s actions when he ordered the drone attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq on Jan. 3.

“President Trump was justified in killing a terrorist who was responsible for the murder of hundreds of American service members,” he said. 

Three Republicans voted with the Democrats in favour of the resolution. 

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the Democrat’s House resolution attempts to hinder the president’s authority to protect Americans and U.S. interests.

“These congressional actions are completely misguided.”

It isn’t clear yet whether the Republican-controlled Senate will accept the House’s measure. 

The U.S. House of Representatives is the lower house of the U.S. Congress. The Senate is the upper house. The two make up the national legislature of the U.S. and both houses’ approval are needed to pass legislation. 

Iran retaliated against the U.S. for the general’s death and launched dozens of ballistic missiles into Iraq targeting American bases on Jan. 7.

A Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed minutes after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport Jan. 8. The victims of the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference on Jan. 9 and said evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile.

A video by Nariman Gharib has emerged on the Internet that appears to show the moment the Ukranian airplane exploded in the sky before crashing near Tehran.

The video was posted onto a public Telegram channel showing what was apparently a mid-air explosion. The video was uploaded directly here. 

An online investigative journalism site Bellingcat says they geolocated the video to a residential area in Parand (coordinates 35.489414, 50.906917), a suburb to the west of Imam Khomeini International Airport, from which Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) departed to Kyiv.

-Gerd Altmann photo

Alberta Press staff

reporter@albertapressleader.ca

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