The Senate passed a resolution that would limit the authority of President Trump to confront Iran in a war.
It would require President Trump to obtain permission from Congress before ordering military action against Iran.
A bipartisan vote of 55 to 45 included eight Republicans who voted in favor of the legislation.
Those Republicans include Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), Todd C. Young (R-IN), Lamar Alexander (R-TN.) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
President Trump is expected to veto the measure if it reaches his desk.
From Daily Wire:
The Washington Post noted, “Trump will almost certainly veto the measure once it passes the House, and neither chamber of Congress has the votes to override that veto, lawmakers say.”
That is because the 55 votes fall short of a supermajority needed to override a presidential veto.
On Wednesday President Trump tweeted his disapproval of the resolution, tweeting, “We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness.
If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad signal.”
Senator Lindsey Graham warned that Trump would veto the bill, saying, “If this passes, the president will never abide by it — no president would.
I want the Iranians to understand, when it comes to their provocative behavior, all options are on the table,” as The New York Times reported.
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell added that the resolution was “deeply flawed,” adding, “It is too blunt and too broad,” as Fox News reported.
On Tuesday McConnell warned the resolution “would severely limit the U.S. military’s operations flexibility to defend itself against threats posed by Iran.”
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