Nancy Pelosi stated on Sunday that the House will hold a vote sometime this week on new legislation that will limit Donald Trump’s military actions in connection with Iran.
Trump ordered an airstrike on Friday without the approval of Congress. That airstrike resulted in the assassination of Iran’s top General Qasem Soleimani. Since the killing of Soleimani, Trump’s actions have been erratic and dangerous. He has threatened Iran on Twitter and even stated that he would order strikes on cultural centers in Iran, which would be a war crime.
On Sunday, Trump turned to Twitter again, but this time he informed Congress that if it wanted updates on the war with Iran then lawmakers would have to follow him on Twitter.
“These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!” Trump tweeted.
Pelosi penned a letter to the Democratic members of the House of Representatives stating that the “provocative and disproportionate” airstrike that killed Soleimani “endangered our service members, diplomats, and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran. ”
She would go on to thank lawmakers for their “patriotic leadership” during this tension-filled time period.
Pelosi will introduce new legislation sometime this week that will mandate that all military hostilities with Iran cease within 30 days unless there is a congressional authorization.
A similar resolution has been introduced to Senate by Sen. Tim Kaine.
Pelosi’s stand to vote on Trump’s war powers could change the politics surrounding Trump’s impeachment. Right now, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are deadlocked in their ongoing negotiations over how the Senate trial will be formatted.
Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin will lead the new resolution. Slotkin is a former Department of Defense and CIA analyst.
Slotkin made a series of tweets on Friday criticizing Trump’s actions in the Middle East.
Soleimani’s assassination has sparked fears of war. On Sunday, the Iraqi parliament voted to boot U.S. soldiers out of the country. Iran has also withdrawn from a nuclear deal that was created back in May of 2018. Iran has also reportedly, put an $80 million bounty on Trump’s head.