Senate acts to restrain Trump’s military powers against Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Source: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has approved a bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump’s authority to launch military operations against Iran.

The resolution, authored by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, says Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran.

Supporters say the resolution is not about Trump or even the presidency, but instead is an important reassertion of congressional power to declare war. Trump has called the vote an attempt to embarrass him and would tie his hands.

The Democratic-controlled House passed a separate, nonbinding war powers resolution last month.

The House could take up the Senate resolution later this month. Two-thirds votes in the House and GOP-run Senate would be needed to override an expected Trump veto.

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