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Tags: Donald Trump | Iran | Trump Administration | war powers resolution | senate

Senate Expected to Limit Trump's War Powers Against Iran

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Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., introduced the War Powers Resolution. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 12 February 2020 08:17 AM

A bipartisan resolution aimed at reining in President Donald Trump's authority to launch military action against Iran is expected to be approved this week by the Senate, according to Politico.

A final vote on the measure, introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is expected on Thursday. The resolution is not, however, expected to get enough votes to overturn a likely veto by Trump.

The resolution will come just weeks after the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The measure has support from GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Jerry Moran of Kansas, along with all 47 Democrats, Politico noted.

The bill would mandate that Trump end hostilities targeting Iran within 30 days unless explicitly approved by Congress.

"The last thing this country should do is rush into or blunder into another war in the Middle East," Kaine said. "And no matter who our president is, no president is smart enough to, on their own, make that kind of a decision without deliberation."

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is critical of the resolution.

"Just as we have successfully sent Iran this strong signal of our strength and resolve, a blunt and clumsy War Powers resolution would tie our own hands," McConnell said. "With China and Russia watching, is it really a good idea to suggest that we're willing to let a middling power like Iran push us around?"

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A bipartisan resolution aimed at reining in President Donald Trump's authority to launch military action against Iran is expected to be approved this week by the Senate, according to Politico.
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