U.S. Senate Has Approved 'War Power Resolution' Aimed At Limiting Trump's Military Actions Against Iran

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The United States Senate backed legislation on Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran, rebuking the president after a strike against an Iranian military commander and Tehran's retaliation last month raised fears of broader regional conflict.

Eight Republicans joined Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to constrain the White House. The rebuke was the Senate's first major vote since acquitting Trump on impeachment charges last week.

The measure, authored by Senator Tim Kaine, says Trump must win approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran. Eight Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the resolution by a 55-45 vote.

"We have a special obligation to make sure that we deliberate and deliberate carefully before we send troops into harm's way," said the resolution's sponsor, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia).

Of course Trump is expected to veto the war powers resolution if it reaches his desk. He's warned that if his "hands were tied, Iran would have a field day." 

The three senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president -- Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar -- all returned to the Capitol from campaigning and backed the war powers resolution.

But what if  President Trump simply ignores the resolution altogether, as past presidents have?

"I think it's unlikely to constitute a legal act that the President will have to follow, so in that way, it will end up being symbolic," said Regent University Law Professor and constitutional scholar Brad Jacob. "But do I think President Trump is going to obey what Congress tells him to do? Based on what we've seen for the last three years, that's not very likely."