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Congress Votes For Iran War Powers Resolution

In a 55-45 vote, the Senate voted this afternoon to pass a measure restricting President Trump’s ability to attack Iran without congressional approval. The House passed the resolution on January 9. The resolution had support from a small number of Republicans in both chambers.

In the Senate, eight Republicans voted for passage per CNN. Those senators included Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Jerry Moran of Kansas.

In the House, Republicans Matt Gaetz of Florida, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Francis Rooney of Florida voted for the resolution. Democrats Max Rose of New York, Ben McAdams of Utah, Anthony Brindisi of New York, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma and Stephanie Murphy of Florida voted no. The final House vote was 224-194.

The bill, Senate Joint Resolution 68, would require a congressional declaration of war or authorization to use military force against Iran before the president could authorize offensive military operations. The resolution would not prevent the “United States from defending itself from imminent attack.”

Since both houses of Congress have passed the resolution, the bill will now go to the White House where President Trump is expected to veto it. The margins of passage were not sufficient to override the president’s veto.

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