• Thomas Parker

Senate passes Iran War Powers resolution, setting up veto showdown

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to limit the President's authority to attack Iran without approval from Congress.

The Senate voted 55-45 in favor of Senator Tim Kaine's War Powers resolution aimed at re-asserting Congress' constitutional authority to declare war.

Kaine's resolution requires the president to cease all hostilities targeting Iran within 30 days unless approved by Congress. The measure is expected to pass the House later this month, but President Trump has opposed the Senate's move, warning that "If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day."

Despite a threat from the White House to veto the Senate resolution, all Democratic senators and eight Republican senators voted in favor of the measure.

Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah said that he voted for the resolution because "we, as a Congress, need to reclaim the power to declare war." The Senator said in a statement that the resolution is "not about President Trump" and "neither is it about condemning the strike against Soleimani."

Senator Kaine agreed with Lee, saying "It's not really even about the president. It's about Congress." He added, "It's about Congress fully inhabiting our Article 1 role to declare war, and taking that deliberation seriously."

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