The Democrat-controlled House has voted to limit President Donald Trump’s authority to make war against Iran. That restriction is part of a left-leaning defense policy bill that also cuts back Trump’s record Pentagon budget request.
The measure passed along party lines after a series of votes that pushed it further to the left. Among them was a 251-170 tally — with yeas from more than two dozen Republicans — to require Trump get authorization from Congress to conduct military strikes against Iran, along with a repeal of a 2002 law authorizing the war in Iraq.
Last month Trump came within minutes of launching a missile strike against Iran in retaliation for Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone.
The broader measure passed by a 220-197 vote after several other provisions were tacked on by the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, which had been upset by leadership’s handling of a border bill last month.
“On the floor, the bill has taken a radical left turn,” said Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee. “There’s good and bad in this bill … but it’s moving in a direction that does make America less safe.”
The Trump administration has