The War powers resolution, introduced by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) is expected to have a final vote Thursday with 8 Republicans including Susan Collins and Elizabeth Murkwoski, joining Democrats to pass the measure.
However, it’s unlikely there will be enough support to override a Trump veto, which is highly likely.
It’s hard to imagine President Trump would allow a measure to pass that would limit his own powers when he could simply veto it and send it back to the Senate, where it’s unlikely to receive the 67 votes required to override a veto.
In 2019, Trump vetoed a measure to force an end to U.S. involvement in the Yemen war.
USAToday reports the Senate is expected to approve a resolution in the coming days that would restrict President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war with Iran.
The debate, which begins Wednesday, comes amid ongoing questions about Trump’s controversial decision to authorize a drone strike killing Iran’s most powerful military leader in January.
Senate Democrats say they have enough Republican support to win passage of the measure, which would bar Trump from using military force against Iran unless Congress specifically voted to authorize such action.
“We now have a majority of colleagues, Democratic and Republican, who will stand strong for the principle that we shouldn’t be at war without a vote of Congress,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said in January.
Democrats say Trump acted recklessly when he green-lighted the deadly attack on Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani – a decision that heightened U.S.-Iranian tensions and sparked fears of a broader conflict in the Middle East.
“For years, I’ve been deeply concerned about President Trump stumbling into a war with Iran. We’re now at a boiling point,” Kaine said in introducing his resolution.