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Senate Passes War Powers Resolution Against Trump's Iran War

It passed, but 45 Senators voted for Trump to keep his finger on the button...

The Senate on Thursday passed a War Powers Resolution aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from launching military action against Iran without congressional approval.

"The nation should not be at war without a vote of Congress," said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), the lead sponsor of S.J. Res. 68.

The resolution passed by a vote of 55-45—with the support of eight Republicans—and now heads to the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass.

Kaine's measure 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."

Erica Fein, advocacy director at Win Without War, said in a statement that the Senate vote sends an unequivocal message to Trump: "We will not allow Donald Trump to drag the United States into another endless war of choice against the will of the people."

Trump's unilateral and likely illegal decision last month to assassinate Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani with a drone strike in Baghdad nearly sparked an all-out war with Iran. On Wednesday, the president threatened to veto the War Powers Resolution, claiming it would leave his hands "tied." Overriding the president's veto would require a two-thirds supermajority in the House and Senate.

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."

"The failed policy of maximum provocation towards Iran keeps the U.S. on the precipice of another blunderous war of choice in the Middle East," Martin said. "We need conversations not a catastrophe."

NIAC Action policy director Ryan Costello said in a statement that "the American people do not want a new front in the forever war with Iran."

"It is the duty of Congress to reflect the aspirations of the American people and protect its Constitutional authorities from being trampled by the president," Costello added.

Republished from Common Dreams (Jake Johnson, staff writer) under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.

UPDATE (Frances Langum) Here's a list of the eight Republicans who -- THIS time -- stood up to Trump. What happened, Susan Collins?

Utah Sen. Mike Lee
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
Maine Sen. Susan Collins
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander
Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Indiana Sen. Todd Young

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