Trump listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House [File: Evan Vucci/AP Photo]

Refocusing a debate on President Donald Trump‘s moves in the Middle East in the midst of the Senate impeachment trial, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday approved measures reasserting congressional authority over war powers.

The House passed a proposal to repeal the 2002 congressional authorisation for the war in Iraq, as well as a plan to prevent tax dollars from being used to take military action against Iran without congressional approval. Repeal of the 2002 authorisation was approved by a 236-166 vote, while the funding measure on Iran passed 228-175.

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The actions follow a January 9 vote by the House asserting that President Trump must seek

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