On Friday afternoon, the House voted to limit Donald Trump’s authority to initiate a military strike against Iran without first seeking approval from Congress. The measure passed 251-170, with 27 Republicans joining 224 Democrats.
As The New York Times reports, the vote comes after Trump ordered a strike on Iran in June over the downing of an unmanned drone, only to reverse that order after planes and ships were already on the move to attack. Since that event, tensions have remained high, with U.S. upping economic sanctions against Iran, and Iran both announcing that it would purposely exceed the levels of uranium enrichment under the agreement that Trump walked away from, as well as interfering with the passage of tankers through the Strait of Hormuz.
The bill, which passed with 90% of support coming from Democrats, attracted some odd players among the Republicans—including arch Trump supporter Matt Gaetz, who declared himself “weary” of the attempts to start wars with Venezuela, as well as Iran.
The legislation was passed as an amendment onto a funding bill. This could make it harder for Mitch McConnell to simply file it away in his overflowing drawer of ignored legislation. If passed, the legislation would not restrict Trump’s authority to reply to an attack on U.S. forces.
BREAKING: The House just passed my amendment to repeal the outdated 2002 AUMF & restore Congressional authority in matters of war and peace. This AUMF has been on the books for 17 years, long after the end of the Iraq war. It’s past time for it to go! #StopEndlessWars pic.twitter.com/JamaAKaf86
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) July 12, 2019