Lawmakers react to vote on War Powers Resolution

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC/AP) Reigniting a constitutional debate over war powers, the Democratic-controlled House has approved a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to meet with other House Democrats on the morning following Iranian attacks on bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The war powers resolution is not binding on Trump and would not require his signature.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nonetheless insists it "has real teeth" because "it is a statement of the Congress of the United States."

The House has passed the measure, 224-194, with almost no Republican support. GOP lawmakers are calling it a meaningless vote and little more than a “press release" intended to attack Trump.

Mississippi Cong. Michael Guest voted against it. He said it would cripple American ability to respond to aggression and would hinder the ability of the United States to properly negotiate with Iran.

Click the video boxes to watch and listen to comments by Guest and others.



Speaker Nancy Pelosi has set a House vote on limiting President Donald Trump's ability to take military action against Iran.

Pelosi said last week's drone strike that killed the general was "provocative and disproportionate."

The vote comes as some have raised concerns that the President took action against another country without notifying congress ahead time.

The measure would require the President to stop using the Armed Forces against Iran unless Congress declares war or after a direct attack. It would also require the Administration to explain to Congress reasons for any military action.

The proposal seems certain to draw strong Republican opposition when it comes up for a vote.

The Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to approve the measure.

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