US Senate Votes to Curb Trump’s Iran War Powers (VOA)

    Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., center, joined at by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks to reporters after the Senate voted to approve a bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    US Senate Votes to Curb Trump’s Iran War Powers – By Katherine Gypson (VOA) / Feb 13 2020

    CAPITOL HIILL – A handful of Republican senators joined their Democratic colleagues Thursday to pass a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to “terminate the use of U.S. Armed Forces for hostilities against Iran” unless those actions are authorized by Congress.

    The U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan war powers resolution by a vote of 55-45.

    Trump is expected to veto the measure, arguing it would be dangerous to limit his war-making power.

    “It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution,” Trump said on Twitter Wednesday. “We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness.”

    Trump said he had overwhelming American public support for the airstrike last month that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

    “If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day,” he said. “Sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don’t let it happen!”

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