The Senate passed a resolution of the powers of war that blocks President Trump from participating in hostilities with Iran without the approval of Congress, a measure that has bipartisan support but not enough to override an absolute veto of the White House.
The 55-45 vote came after Trump's January 2 order of an airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassim Soleimani drew condemnation from Democrats and some Republicans, which prompted the War Powers resolution.
The legislation stems from President Donald Trump ordering strikes against Iran. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorization for the use of military force.
But eight Republicans - all of whom voted to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial - joined the Democrats. Congress must authorize any deployment of forces to Iran, and I do not support such a push towards war.
It consists of a stipulation mentioning that none of the resolution "shall be construed to prevent the United States from defending itself from imminent attack". The House could take up the Senate resolution later this month, House leaders said.
On Dec. 18, 2019, the Democrat-controlled House voted, 230-197, in favor of Trump's impeachment. "Don't let it happen!"
The bill's supporters noted that they were gaining more support for efforts to take back Congress' authority to declare war.
But the resolution, she said, will show that "no president has the authority to commit our military to a sustained conflict".
The Senate vote continues a pattern in which Republican senators have shown a willingness to challenge Trump on foreign policy, a sharp departure from their strong support during impeachment and on domestic matters. "It's about Congress", Kaine said.
Earlier on Thursday, potential problems threatened to derail the resolution ahead of an the final vote, with Senate Democrats warning that an amendment filed late Wednesday by GOP Sen. "I think the president, like all of us, is going to be ready to move on".
"We can certainly comply with the Presidential Records Act and serve the president in however he'd like to have his conversations with foreign leaders", O'Brien told reporters Thursday evening outside the White House.
The measure requires Trump to seek explicit authorisation from Congress before launching further military action targeting Iran.
"It's really important that Congress fulfill our Constitutional responsibilities which is to declare war, to authorize the use of military force and to engage in these debates on a consistent basis as long as we have men and women overseas ready to put their life on the line for all of us".
But Mike Lee, the Utah Republican who worked closely with Senator Bernie Sanders to cut United States support for the Saudi Arabian military's assault on Yemen, explicitly rejected the president's call on senators to abdicate their constitutional responsibility.