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Hoyer says House will vote soon to limit Trump's war powers

Hoyer says House will vote soon to limit Trump's war powers
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The House will vote within weeks to limit President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE's war powers with Iran, the second-ranking House Democrat said Tuesday.

Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Hoyer on Trump election challenges: 'I think this borders on treason' Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (D-Md.), the House majority leader, said he supports the war powers legislation that passed the Senate last month and expects to bring it to the floor "in the near future."

"Whether we'll do it next week, the following week or the next work session, we're still working on it," Hoyer said. "But I want that to come to the floor."

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Sponsored by Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Grassley tests positive for coronavirus MORE (D-Va.), the resolution would require Trump to win congressional approval before launching any new military operations against Iran — a response to the heightened tensions with Tehran that followed Trump's Jan. 3 drone strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general.

Kaine's bill is similar to a separate House proposal, sponsored by Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinBickering Democrats return with divisions Questions swirl at Pentagon after wave of departures Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (D-Mich.), which passed through the lower chamber in January, just days after the deadly missile strike against Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

While the measures attracted a handful of Republicans in both chambers, the votes are merely symbolic, since they fell far short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn Trump's promised veto. The White House, along with Trump's allies on Capitol Hill, contend they would tie the Pentagon's hands in the face of imminent threats from foreign adversaries.

Still, Democrats have hoped to send an election-year message that Congress intends to reassert its unique authority, as defined by the Constitution, to declare war.