On Thursday the Senate passed the Iran War Powers resolution. The resolution is a rare move that passed with bipartisan support. The resolution reins in Donald Trump’s ability to take any type of military action against Iran without first getting approval from Congress.
Trump had vehemently opposed the resolution.
The resolution passed with a vote of 55-45. Eight Republicans voted in favor of the resolution. Those senators were Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Jerry Moran of Kansas.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump warned the Senate not to pass the resolution. He posted on Twitter that “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. Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani….”
In a second tweet, he would add, “….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don’t let it happen!”
The White House has threatened to veto the resolution.
The new resolution “directs the President to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force against Iran.”
The resolution also contains a provision that states that no part of the resolution “shall be construed to prevent the United States from defending itself from imminent attack.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was completely opposed to the resolution.
A day before the vote Sen. Kaine argued that the resolution is “not directed toward President Trump, it would apply equally to any President It’s fundamentally about Congress owning up to and taking responsibility for the most significant decision that we should ever have to make.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated on Tuesday that the passage of the resolution within the House and Senate would send a warning to the White House, even if Trump moves to veto it.
“It sends a shot across his bow that the majority of the Senate and the majority of the House do not want the President waging war without congressional approval,” Schumer stated.