News

White House

Senate Passes Resolution Limiting Trump’s War Powers in Iran

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs for travel to N.C. from Washington, D.C., February 7, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution limiting President Trump’s authority to take military action against Iran.

All Democrats and eight Republicans voted 55 to 45 to approve the Iran War Powers resolution, which stipulates that Trump must seek the approval of Congress before launching further strikes against the Islamic Republic.

The resolution states that it “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 measure adds that it is not intended to expose America to danger, stating that no part of the resolution “shall be construed to prevent the United States from defending itself from imminent attack.”

Trump warned that, “if my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day” in a Wednesday tweet, urging senators not to vote for the measure.

“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,” Trump wrote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has adamantly opposed the measure.

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate introduced similar measures reigning in Trump’s war powers after the president last month ordered a strike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. The U.S. successfully executed a precision strike on the car in which he was riding at Baghdad International Airport, sparking immediate international worries about how Iran would retaliate.

The Senate version of the resolution must now be passed by the House before it is sent to Trump’s desk, where he is expected to veto it. The resolution is not expected to attract the two-thirds majority of the Senate required to override a presidential veto.

Most Popular

Law & the Courts

Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?

The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department ... Read More
Elections

Trouble in the Workers’ Paradise

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is precisely the sort of campaign surrogate you want, especially if you are Bernie Sanders: She is young, energetic, charismatic, popular (with the people she needs to be popular with, anyway), and, happily, currently ineligible to run for the presidency ... Read More
Elections

Trouble in the Workers’ Paradise

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is precisely the sort of campaign surrogate you want, especially if you are Bernie Sanders: She is young, energetic, charismatic, popular (with the people she needs to be popular with, anyway), and, happily, currently ineligible to run for the presidency ... Read More
Law & the Courts

The Roger Stone Double Standard

Whether Roger Stone, the loopy, self-aggrandizing political operative, deserves nine years in Supermax for obstructing an investigation into Russia–Donald Trump “collusion” is debatable. Whether the powerful men who helped create the investigation that ensnared Stone have been allowed to lie with impunity ... Read More
Law & the Courts

The Roger Stone Double Standard

Whether Roger Stone, the loopy, self-aggrandizing political operative, deserves nine years in Supermax for obstructing an investigation into Russia–Donald Trump “collusion” is debatable. Whether the powerful men who helped create the investigation that ensnared Stone have been allowed to lie with impunity ... Read More