House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D, N.Y.) are joined by other Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 22, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Ca.) on Sunday sent a letter to Democratic representatives announcing she will introduce legislation aimed at limiting President Trump’s military options vis-a-vis Iran.
On Thursday Trump ordered the killing of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike without informing congressional leadership. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the strike was carried out in response to the threat of “imminent attacks” by Iranian forces in the region.
“Last week, the Trump Administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials,” Pelosi wrote. “This action endangered our service members, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.”
Pelosi said the resolution would reassert “Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days,” the speaker wrote.