(WASHINGTON)—The Senate should pass the resolution introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) that aims to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran. The resolution is an important step as Congress attempts to claw back its war powers from the executive branch, and it’s encouraging that senators on both sides of the aisle are backing this measure.
The Senate must continue to take even stronger steps to re-assert its authority, including holding hearings on the strike against Qassem Soleimani, and voting to repeal the 2002 Iraq War authorization, as the House of Representatives recently did. The Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power to declare war.
“Congress must make clear that it will no longer allow the executive to unilaterally start and expand wars. This resolution is an important first step,” said Katherine Hawkins, senior legal analyst for the Constitution Project at POGO.
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