Pelosi: No need for Iraq vote yet

Pelosi: No need for Iraq vote yet
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Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called on GOP leaders to launch a floor debate on the Obama administration's use of force against Islamic militants in Iraq. 

But the House minority leader stopped short of insisting that lawmakers vote on the issue, as some of her liberal troops are urging.

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"We shouldn't be silent about what our views might be, one way or another," she said during a press call. "Whether that takes the form of a vote … depends on what the president is doing, what he has informed us of, and whether we believe that there is a need for a vote.

"But the discussion of a need for a vote is an appropriate question for us to have," she added.

The comments arrive a day after a pair of liberal Democrats, Reps. James McGovern (Mass.) and Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOvernight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic Cornell to launch new bipartisan publication led by former Rep. Steve Israel MORE (Calif.), joined forces with GOP Rep. Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesExperts warn Georgia's new electronic voting machines vulnerable to potential intrusions, malfunctions Georgia restores 22,000 voter registrations after purge Stacey Abrams group files emergency motion to stop Georgia voting roll purge MORE (N.C.) in urging Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to stage both a debate and a vote on the use-of-force question when Congress returns to Washington next month. [READ LETTER TO BOEHNER HERE.]

"We all share concerns about the Islamic State’s (IS) brutal tactics and further destabilization of the region.  And … we also all support the specific and limited mission to prevent potential genocide and protect U.S. personnel," the lawmakers wrote to Boehner. "But current military operations now underway in Iraq appear to be beyond the scope of these limited purposes and even greater expansion is under discussion. 

These are serious matters that require congressional debate and a vote on whether to authorize them."

Pelosi on Thursday emphasized that she believes Obama's response to this point has been authorized under current law but suggested an expansion of force would require congressional approval.  

"At some point is there a need for a vote?" she asked. "It depends on what the president is intending to do, and what duration, and for what purpose."