The House passed two measures Thursday to restrain President Trump’s ability to target Iran militarily, as lawmakers continue to insist that the administration consult them before taking action that could lead toward war.
The first, a proposal from Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), would prevent the president from using federal funds for military action against Iran that have not been authorized by Congress, except in cases of self-defense or to prevent an imminent strike. It passed by a vote of 228 to 175, with four Republicans supporting it. The second, from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), would repeal the authorization for use of military force that Congress passed to facilitate the Iraq invasion in 2003 but that administrations have used since then to justify various hostilities — including the targeted killing earlier this month of a top Iranian general. It passed by a vote of 236 to 166, with 11 Republicans supporting it.