Defense spending

House votes to bar Trump from striking Iran without congressional approval

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More than 20 House Republicans joined Democrats on Friday in a vote to restrict President Trump from waging war against Iran without congressional approval, the Washington Post reports.

The state of play: The restriction, added to the House's version of a $733 billion defense bill, bars the Trump administration from using federal funds for military action against Tehran. The GOP-led Senate blocked a similar amendment last month in its version of the bill.

Intra-government cyber commission launches

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a working group intended to provide guidance on cyber issues composed of lawmakers, agency heads and former Feds, officially launched Wednesday.

Driving the news: The Solarium Commission, first proposed by commission member Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), was approved in last year's Defense Authorization bill.