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 TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE's war powers with Iran, the second-ranking House Democrat said Tuesday.

Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerMexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump Amy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew House Democrat calls for 'real adult discussion' on lawmaker pay 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 KaineFinger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Russian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police 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 SlotkinHouse Democrat warns about 'inaccurate' polls: Trump voters 'fundamentally undercounted' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Will Congress finally address toxic 'forever chemicals?' 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.