WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) – The United States Senate could soon vote on a resolution to assert that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before further military action against Iran.
The War Powers Resolution was introduced by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia who says he has at least 51 votes to support the bipartisan measure.
The resolution is co-sponsored by two Republican senators, Utah Senator Mike Lee and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
“We now have a majority of colleagues, Democratic and Republican, who will stand strong for the principle that we should not be at war without a vote of Congress, and that’s a very positive thing,” Kaine told reporters Tuesday.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney (R) is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the subcommittee dealing with the Middle East. In a statement Tuesday, he says he plans to vote against the resolution.
Romney says the resolution “sends the wrong message” to Iran.
“During this time of heightened tensions with Iran, I believe this resolution would undermine our deterrent capability and send the wrong message to Iran. As it is currently drafted, this resolution would tie the President’s hands in responding to further potential Iranian aggression. The balance of powers between the executive and legislative branches related to the use of military force is a longstanding issue of debate, and it is a debate we should have. However, with American troops in harm’s way, now is not the proper time and this resolution is not the right approach.”
The Democratic-controlled House passed a separate war powers resolution last week. The House measure is not binding on the president and does not require his signature. If the Senate approves the Kaine measure, the House could take up the Senate resolution and send it to Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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