U.S. Senate passes resolution curbing Trump’s ability to wage war with Iran, veto expected
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Says White House Cannot Go To War Without Congressional Consent
Congressional Democratic leaders who attended a White House meeting today over the Iranian attack on a U.S. drone raised concerns about rising tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Chuck Schumer, leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate, is alarmed that President Trump, he says, may “get involved” in a war with Iran. Schumer stated that this issue requires open discussion. In addition, the conduct of any foreign military operations, Sumer recalled, must be approved by Congress..
“I told the president that these conflicts tend to escalate … The president may not intend to go to war right now, but we are worried that he and the administration might get involved in the war,” Schumer told reporters after a briefing in Beliy home.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the administration to engage in dialogue with Iran, noting that, according to her, the American drone was indeed shot down by Iranians in international airspace.
“It is imperative that we remain fully engaged with our allies, realizing the adversary’s irresponsibility and doing everything we can to defuse tensions. This is a dangerous, tense situation that requires a strong, smart and strategic approach, not a reckless approach, ”Pelosi said in a statement. The speaker added that Congress needs new powers to authorize the use of military force abroad.
Several influential House Republicans, including minority leader Kevin McCarthy, said Thursday the US should take “measured” measures against Iran..
“Iran launched a direct attack on United States property in international waters. This provocation came a week after they attacked … two commercial tankers in international waters, ”said the statement, which, in addition to McCarthy, was signed by lawmakers Michael McCall, Mac Thornberry and Devin Nunez..
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