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11 March 2020

In a 227 to 186 vote, the House of Representatives passed a Senate-approved war powers resolution that “directs the President to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military, unless explicitly authorised by a declaration of war or specific authorisation for use of military force against Iran”. Prior to the vote, the White House declared that it “strongly opposes passage of S.J. Res. 89”, contending that “the U.S. is not currently engaged in any use of force against Iran, in part because of the sound policies and decisive, effective actions of this administration… if S.J. Res 68 were presented to the President, his advisors would recommend that he veto the joint resolution”.  

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