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US Senate is debating a resolution restricting Trump’s powers to wage war on Iran

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The US Senate began discussing on Wednesday a draft resolution that limits President Donald Trump’s powers to wage war on Iran, as it is likely to be passed after eight Republican members agreed to vote alongside Democrats.

The decision on the powers of war powers is expected to be voted on Thursday, amid fears that Trump could enter an open military confrontation with Iran without consulting Congress.

Trump relies on the Republican majority in the Senate to block legislation he does not approve of, so the approval to restrict his military powers would put him in an embarrassing situation.

Although the US President will use the veto against the decision if it is passed, he warned the Senate on Wednesday that he must vote against it and not limit his options regarding his policy.

“It is very important for our country’s security that the Senate not vote in favor of the ‘powers of war’ resolution on Iran,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“We are doing a very good job with Iran, and this is not the time to show weakness (…) If my hands are tied, then this will give Iran a chance at our expense, and it will send a bad signal. The Democrats are doing this only in an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party.”

And in January, the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives passed its own version of this law, after Trump gave the order to kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and the ensuing retaliatory Iranian missile attacks on US bases in Iraq, which raised fears of a war Devastating.

Democratic Senator Tim Caen said that this draft resolution aims to prevent unilateral warfare.

“Congress must reaffirm our constitutional role in war and peace issues,” he added.

A settlement must be found between what was previously approved by the House and what will be approved by the Senate in order to reach a single text before sending the law to the White House for signature, and this is expected to be done by the end of February.

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