House Democrats are seeking to the limit military actions of President Donald Trump after his order resulted in the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force.
In a letter sent to House Democrats on Sunday, Jan. 5, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said her chamber will launch a vote on a “War Powers Resolution” mandating that the Trump administration’s military hostilities toward Iran would cease within 30 days if no further congressional action is taken, The Hill reported.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), a former CIA and Department of Defense analyst, will lead the House’s resolution. In the Senate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has introduced similar legislation.
The measure comes after President Trump last week ordered an airstrike at the Baghdad airport in Iraq, killing the top Iranian commander, without consulting Congress.
“Last week, the Trump administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials. This action endangered our service members, diplomats, and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran,” Pelosi wrote in the letter.
“As members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe. For this reason, we are concerned that the administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution,” she continued.
“It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further congressional action is taken, the administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days,” she wrote.
In the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) also wrote to ask the president to “immediately declassify in full the January 4, 2020, war powers notification” he submitted to Congress following the U.S. military operation targeting Soleimani, NBC News reported.
The two Democratic senators said that it is critical that national security matters of such import be shared with the American people in a timely manner.
“An entirely classified notification is simply not appropriate in a democratic society, and there appears to be no legitimate justification for classifying this notification,” they wrote.