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House nears vote on restraining Trump’s actions against Iran

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Posted at 6:56 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 15:58:38-05

The House moved toward approval of a non-binding measure limiting President Donald Trump's ability to take military action against Iran as criticism of the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general intensified.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that while the war powers resolution does not require Trump's signature, it nonetheless “has real teeth” because it is “a statement of the Congress of the United States.''

Republicans denounced the House measure as little more than “a press release” designed to attack Trump. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence urged GOP lawmakers to oppose the plan.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the House is nearing a vote and has not yet passed a resolution. The House has voted to open debate and is currently debating.