US Senate votes to curb Trump's war powers on Iran

Senate approves resolution of powers of war that requires congressional approval to participate in hostilities in Iran

The joint resolution directs the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.

"It's kind of alarming to me that we only have eight Republican votes, because this war powers resolution is essentially just a restatement of existing law", Murphy said after the vote in an interview with MSNBC.

If Trump vetoes the resolution, it will require a two-thirds vote in the Senate in order to override.

The resolution gained traction in Congress after Trump ordered the strike that killed Iran's top general, Qasem Soleimani, in early January.

The case for the Iran War Powers Resolution is that Trump somehow can not be trusted to command the armed forces in war.

Senate Democrats cast the measure as a check against the president to ensure he does not "bumble" the country into an "endless war".

Ironically, by purporting to restrain the president from military action against Iran, Congress may therefore have increased the risk of war.

The House also passed a similar bill to curtail the president's war-making powers in Iran, but it did not pass the Senate. "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness", Trump claimed on Twitter. Tom Cotton - that Democrats described as a poison pill - could draw enough support to pass and possibly make it hard for the underlying bipartisan War Powers Resolution to maintain majority support.

Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at progressive advocacy group Peace Action, celebrated the Senate's passage of the War Powers Resolution as a necessary step toward constraining Trump's "reckless foreign policy".

Taking out Soleimani meant getting rid of the man who has pursued Iran's regional terror wars - partly funded by President Barack Obama's nuclear deal.

Ayatollah Khamenei said on January 8 that such military actions are not enough and the USA forces must leave the region.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.

Later in the month, a pair of bills limiting Trump's military authority passed the House with some Republican support.

"The authority to use military force has always been the responsibility of Congress, not one individual".

Trump called Manchin a "puppet" for Democrat leaders - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen.



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