US Senate advances resolution limiting Trump’s ability to wage war on Iran

The US Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday intended to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, paving the way for a final vote as eight Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution, reported Reuters.
The resolution would require Trump to remove US troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorisation for the use of military force.
The vote was 51-45 on a motion to proceed to a final vote, expected on Wednesday or on Thursday.
Republican opponents, including Trump, said passage would send the wrong message to Tehran.
“It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness,” Trump said on Twitter.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the resolution abused the War Powers Act because that law was intended to prevent the deployment of thousands of troops into sustained combat without congressional authorisation.
Supporters disagreed.
“We don’t send a message of weakness when we stand …

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