Senate votes to limit Trump’s war authority against Iran

  • The Senate is set to pass a bipartisan resolution on Thursday to curb President Donald’s Trump’s power to take military action against Iran.
  • After acquitting Trump in the impeachment trial, as many as eight GOP senators are expected to vote for the resolution.
  • Last month, Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, but did not inform Congress until afterward.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation aimed at limiting President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran. This paves the way for a final vote as eight GOP senators joined Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution.

With the resolution, Trump would be required to remove US troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declared war or passed a specific authorization for the use of military force.

The 51-45 vote was on a motion to advance to a final vote Thursday.

Republicans who opposed the resolution, including Trump, said passage of the legislation would create a wrong message to Iran.

“It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness,” Trump tweeted.

According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the resolution abused the War Powers Act because that law was intended to prevent the deployment of thousands of troops into sustained combat without congressional authorization.

Those who voted in favor of the resolution disagreed.

“We don’t send a message of weakness when we stand up for the rule of law. That’s a message of strength and it especially speaks to people around the world who are in the streets protesting … because they want the rule of law,” Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, a lead sponsor of the measure, told a news conference with Republicans Mike Lee and Susan Collins and Democrat Richard Durbin.

Senator Lee, who considers himself a “huge fan” of Trump’s foreign policy, said the resolution supported the president’s goal of limiting military action.

A similar resolution was passed by the House last month, as Democrats and some Republicans were angered by Trump’s failure to fully inform them about his Iran strategy.

Last month, Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani. He did not inform Congress until afterward.

Concerns over the country is on the brink of war with Iran added new fuel to an ongoing effort by members of both parties to take back the power to declare war from the White House. According to the Constitution, it is the Congress, not the president, who has the power to declare war.

Despite support from both parties, the resolution was unlikely to garner enough support from members of Trump’s party to overcome a veto if it does reach his desk.

Source: New York Post

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