WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newest on Congress and the protection coverage invoice (all instances native):
The Democratic-controlled Home has voted to restrict President Donald Trump’s authority to make warfare in opposition to Iran. That restriction is a part of a leftward-leaning protection coverage invoice that additionally cuts again Trump’s file Pentagon funds request.
The party-line vote on the annual protection measure got here after greater than two dozen Republicans joined with Democrats on a 251-170 tally to require Trump to get authorization from Congress to conduct army strikes in opposition to Iran.
Final month Trump got here inside minutes of launching a missile strike in opposition to Iran in retaliation for Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone.
The protection coverage measure handed after a number of different provisions had been tacked on by the Democratic Occasion’s progressive wing, which had been upset by management’s dealing with of a border invoice final month.
The Democratic-controlled Home is transferring to place a liberalized stamp on Pentagon coverage with a $725 billion measure that pares again the Trump administration’s protection request and its authority to make warfare in opposition to Iran.
In passing the laws Friday, Democratic leaders are hoping to regain their stability as their caucus nonetheless smarts from a battle between moderates and progressives over final month’s $4.6 billion border invoice. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi took warmth over her dealing with of that measure, however the path for the protection measure has gone way more easily.
The Home measure, which cuts President Donald Trump’s $750 billion request for the army by $17 billion, remains to be too wealthy for some progressives, who additionally balk at its continued funding of abroad army operations.