US Senate Votes To Curb Trump’s War Powers On Iran
The House passed a version of the bill in January, after Mr Trump ordered the killing of a top Iranian general.
Mr Trump is expected to veto the bill once it reaches the White House.
On Thursday eight Republicans bucked the president’s party, which has a majority in the Senate, to vote in favour of forcing Mr Trump to consult with Congress before conducting military operations against Iran.
“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. The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party.”
What does the resolution require?
It adds that no part of the resolution “shall be construed to prevent the United States from defending itself from imminent attack”.
The war powers resolution passed the Senate hours after the US Navy announced that it had seized weapons believed to be of Iranian “design and manufacture” from a Iranian dhow in the Arabian Sea.
In a statement, the US military said the USS Normandy seized “150 ‘Dehlavieh’ anti-tank guided missiles” as well as “three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, Iranian thermal imaging weapon scopes, and Iranian components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels”.
How did Senators react?
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who co-sponsored the legislation, cheered the resolution’s passage.
“If we’re to order our young men and women in uniform to risk their lives and health in war, it should be on the basis of careful deliberation,” he said.
Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker tweeted his disagreement, writing: “At this pivotal moment, the President needs the ability to act quickly and not to be micromanaged by Congress.”
Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, who co-sponsored said the bill that it is in line with Mr Trump’s priorities.
“I support what the President is doing with our foreign policy,” Mr Lee said.
“For me, this is about supporting President Trump in his foreign policy, in his effort to make sure that we don’t get involved too easily, too quickly, in an unconstitutional way, in any war. This is entirely consistent with his policy.”
Washington and Tehran have long been foes.
That year, amidst the fallout from the revolution, dozens of Americans were taken hostage inside the US embassy in the capital Tehran. Relations have been frosty ever since.
There were signs of a diplomatic thaw in 2015, when Iran agreed a landmark deal to limit its nuclear programme, allaying international concerns. It did so in return for the lifting of tough economic sanctions.