Senate poised to pass resolution to curb Trump's war authority on Iran
The Senate is expected to pass a bipartisan war powers resolution on Thursday aimed at reigning in President Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without prior Congressional approval, ABC News reports.
Several Republican senators support the resolution, despite pushback from Trump and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.
"We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress votes to authorize such a war," Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "While the president does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there. An offensive war requires a Congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition."
Kaine introduced the resolution last month after a drone strike, authorized by Trump, killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
The resolution underscores that Congress has the sole power to declare war, as laid out in the Constitution. The resolution also requires that any hostilities with Iran must be explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force. It does not prevent the U.S. from defending itself from an imminent attack.
Republicans including Sens. Todd Young of Indiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, support the resolution -- guaranteeing that it has the 51 votes necessary to pass if all 47 Democrats also vote in support of the measure.
"This really is about the proper allocation of power between the three branches of government," Lee said. "This should not be controversial. If you really look into it, it’s not controversial."