The Senate voted to reverse Trump’s veto on the Iran War Powers Resolution. The vote failed to reverse the veto, falling short of the needed two-thirds majority.
The Iran War Powers Resolution passed through both chambers of Congress two months back. However, the resolution didn’t reach Trump right after its passage as both houses of Congress dispersed due to the widespread coronavirus pandemic.
Trump vetoed the War Powers Resolution on Wednesday, throwing the ball back to the Senate. The vote to reverse the veto on Thursday, led by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, came less than a day after Trump’s veto.
The Republican-led Senate, that had earlier passed the resolution with the help of eight Republicans voting with the Democrats, could not cobble together the needed 67% majority to reverse the president’s veto.
Trump has earlier called the resolution ‘insulting’ and a ploy by the Democrats to win in November.
Significance of Trump’s Veto
Trump’s veto effectively made the Iran War Powers Resolution void. The resolution would have forced Trump to take get congressional approval to take military action against Iran.
The timing of Trump’s veto is also troubling. At a time when the nation is struggling with a pandemic, vetoing a resolution which restrains war powers isn’t likely to raise the morale of the nation. Trump won the White House in 2016 partly because of his non-interventionist positions. Some of his decisions like starting a dialogue with North Korea and signing a the Taliban peace deal are encouraging. However, his aggression towards Iran wouldn’t please the American public not interested in another quagmire in the Middle-East.
Trump’s veto again gives him the power to take unilateral action against Iran. The Iran War Powers Resolution was a welcome change to an otherwise aggressive American foreign policy. The president is in firm control of military action against Iran after the Senate failed to reverse the veto.
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