Pa. lawmakers briefed on Iran attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Our local lawmakers continue to respond to the Iranian missile strikes and series of attacks in recent days. Both House and Senate lawmakers received detailed classified briefings Wednesday regarding the attack last week that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.
Erie News Now spoke with Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) in his Washington, D.C. office on Wednesday, just moments after a briefing with the White House.
He’s hopeful the sanctions President Donald Trump issued today will calm tensions between the two countries. He also feels the President had the authority to launch the strike last week.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) feels the White House hasn’t informed lawmakers well enough during the military operations. He’s hopeful that the U.S. and Iran can reach a peace deal together after a violent six days.
“I am more than convinced with the intelligence they had, listening to Sec. Pompeo and the rest of the staff that was on the panel, this was the right thing to do,” Kelly said.
“Even if (Tuesday) night’s strikes in Iraq didn’t happen – whether they happened or didn’t – we still need a strategy from the administration,” Casey said.
The House is scheduled to vote on a War Powers Resolution Thursday that will attempt to rein in Trump’s authority of military operations without Congressional approval.