WASHINGTON — The House will decide this week on a war powers resolution to narrow President Donald Trump’s actions against Iran, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Pelosi’s announcement was a swift departure from what members of her caucus were telling earlier Wednesday morning. While several were pushing for a war powers resolution, lawmakers stated ahead of an all-members briefing with Trump administration officials on conflict with Iran that if and when they would move forward with one remained an open question.
The House will vote Friday on the resolution, which is led by Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a first-term lawmaker who earlier served in the CIA and with the Department of Defense.
The movements occur just one week after the United States assassinated Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani without prior congressional authorization, which Trump and his allies claim was essential in the face of a perceived, but unproven “imminent threat.”