Resolution limiting Trump’s military power against Iran passed

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2019 (Xinhua) — Nancy Pelosi speaks after being elected the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, on Jan. 3, 2019. Representative Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, was elected the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, the first day of a new, divided Congress. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS)

Washington, March 12 (IANS) US House of Representatives approved a resolution to curb President Donald Trump’s power to use military forces against Iran, and sent the bill to his desk where it was expected to be vetoed.

On Wednesday, the House passed the war powers resolution in a largely party-line vote of 227 against 186, reports Xinhua news agency.

The resolution directs the President to terminate the use of American military for hostilities against Iran without congressional approval.

The Republican-controlled Senate passed the resolution last month.

The resolution, however, was unlikely to become law as Trump is expected to veto it, and Congress might not have enough votes to override a presidential veto.

The passage of the resolution came over two months after the January 3 US strike that killed senior Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, which led to further escalation of tensions between the two countries.

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