President Donald Trump vetoed the Iran War Powers Resolution passed in both chambers of Congress. Senate Democrats brought the resolution forward and gained the support of eight Republicans to help it go through. To reverse Trump’s veto, the Democrats would need to cobble together a two-thirds majority.
On Wednesday, Trump made a statement about the war powers resolution passed in the Senate.
The President called the resolution ‘insulting’ and a part of a strategy devised by the Democrats to win in November. He also called out the eight Republicans who joined the Democrats in passing the resolution.
The Iran War Powers Resolution
The Iran War Powers Resolution isn’t a new resolution. It passed both chambers of Congress two months back, some Republicans joining Democrats in the process. However, the resolution never reached the president as Congress dispersed following the spread of coronavirus. On Wednesday, the president officially used his veto powers to deny Congress.
The resolution limits the president from taking military action against Iran. Reinstating the resolution seems unlikely as of now. To get a two-thirds majority, Democrats would need the support of more Republicans than they managed to get earlier.
Senate To Vote on Overturning Veto on Thursday – Majority Leader McConnell
Majority Leader McConnell confirmed the Senate will vote on Thursday to try and overturn Trump’s veto. While the possibility of this happening is very low, Democrats will try and limit President Trump’s war powers.
Trump’s veto comes at a dangerous time. The country is already struggling to stand back up after the coronavirus pandemic has driven a hole into the economic and social infrastructure of the nation. The resolution tied Trump down from military action, but the veto frees him once again. The president’s stance on equating the Iran War Powers resolution with the Democrats trying to win in November is also worrisome.
At a time like this, the last thing the American public would want is another war in the Middle-East.
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