Like the resolution of the House of Representatives, this resolution is not as valid as a statute.
The US Senate passed a resolution aimed at limiting President Donald Trump’s power to unilaterally declare war on Iran, Sputnik news agency said on February 13.
The resolution agreed that President Trump should have had Congressional consent before deciding to attack and kill Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on January 3.
The resolution also requires Mr. Trump to suspend all hostilities with Iran for 30 days unless approved by Congress.
The draft resolution was submitted by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine to the Senate. The resolution was voted for by all 47 Democratic senators and eight Republican senators.
On March 12, Mr. Trump called on Republican members in the Senate not to approve the draft resolution.
“The Democratic Party is only trying to confuse the Republican party. Don’t let that happen! ”, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution of similar content on January 9, less than a week after the attack in Iraq.
Like the resolution of the House of Representatives, the resolution on 13 February of the Senate is not legally binding. Therefore, President Trump has no veto power, but is also obligated to comply with the resolution as a law document.
This is the second time that both houses of Congress have passed resolutions limiting Trump’s war powers.
In 2019, the US bicameral passed a resolution banning U.S. support for coalition led by Saudi ally in the war in Yemen. It was a joint resolution as valid as a law, but it was vetoed by Mr. Trump.
Under the War Powers Act of 1973, the president of the United States has the right to deploy combat troops without officially declaring war. However, the president must notify Congress at least 48 hours in advance and the deployment does not take more than 60 days.