House Democrats said theres no set schedule for a War Powers resolution vote, after a top Democrat initially said a vote would take place this week.
Republican President Donald Trump authorized an airstrike that took out Iranian General Qassem Soleimani last week, a strike that was widely questioned by Democrats and prompted talk of introducing a resolution to order the military to stop taking action against Iran.
Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) blamed the airstrike for setting off “an avalanche of chaos” and said the House plans this week to vote on a war powers resolution “to reconfirm Congresss long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further congressional action is taken, the administrations military hostilities with Iran must cease within 30 days.”
Speaking at a House House Democratic leadership press conference on Wednesday morning, Clark added, “Our purpose is clear: We stand ready to keep Americans safe and secure, and keep this from escalating into a war with Iran.”
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, though, questioned about the timing, said: “We hope to move forward with something sooner rather than later.”
“But there is no time frame, as I understand it, in terms of it absolutely taking place over the next day or two.” Clark later said that Democrats are drafting the document, also adding, “There is no set timeline.”
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced a war powers resolution in the Senate last week.
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), a military veteran, said the resolution wouldnt leave soldiers without support. “But we have to have a serious discussion, and we have to reassert Congresss constitutional role,” he said.