On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a new resolution to limit Donald Trump‘s ability to engage in any further military conflict with Iran.
The vote is a result of Trump ordering a drone attack last week that resulted in the assassination of Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani.
The final vote on the resolution was 224-194.
Three Republicans crossed party lines to vote in favor of the resolution. Those Republican representatives were Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Francis Rooney of Florida and surprisingly Trump‘s pal Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida. Eight Democrats voted against the resolution. Those Democratic representatives were Reps. Max Rose of New York, Ben McAdams of Utah, Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Anthony Brindisi of New York, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Elaine Luria of Virginia, and Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey.
The resolution will now go on to the Senate.
The new resolution reads “when the United States military force, the American people and members of the United States Armed Forces deserve a credible explanation regarding such use of military force.” It adds that “Congress has not authorized the President to use military force against Iran.”
“This resolution follows the process established in the War Powers Resolution, which requires the President to stop using US forces in hostilities if ‘Congress so directs by concurrent resolution,'” a Democratic aide stated to a CNN reporter on Thursday.
“Constitutionally, the President cannot take America into war until he has a declaration of war or authorization from Congress. If both Houses of Congress concurrently tell the President he cannot continue hostilities, there should be no doubt that the President must come to Congress for legal authorization before taking us to war,” the aide added.
On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi spoke about the resolution at her weekly press conference. She stated that she felt that the resolution had “real teeth.”
“This is a statement of the Congress of the United States and I will not have that statement be diminished by whether the President will veto it or not,” Pelosi stated.