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Wisconsin Republicans, Democrats remain at odds after military briefing on Iran

MADISON (WKOW) -- Members of Congress came to different conclusions after a classified briefing on Iran Wednesday as the Trump administration explained their reasoning for last week's attack that killed a top Iranian general.

President Donald Trump’s officials explained their justification for the U.S. drone strike that killed General Qasem Soleimani. Most Republicans are standing by Trump while Democrats are still blaming him for tensions in the Middle East.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Black Earth) said he didn’t believe there was an immediate threat from Iran and is joining a call with his democratic colleagues to pass a resolution to limit the president's power to take military action.

“Clearly, we have not seen the imminent threat to this country that allegedly was there that allowed the president to act unilaterally against the constitution and not get permission from Congress to essentially initiate an action overseas,” Pocan told 27 News.

Rep. Glenn Grothamn (R- Glenbeulah) said in a statement after the briefing he’s supportive of the president's actions going forward.

“After this briefing, I feel confident that we are on the logical path toward saving American lives,” said Grothman.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she’s ready to take action on a resolution Thursday that would limit the president's power to take military action without congressional approval. 

The Senate is expected to vote on a similar resolution later this month.

For this story 27 News also reached out to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Representative Bryan Steil (R-Janesville), both did not have an immediate response for comment. 

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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