US - Iran Conflict: Senate Votes To Limit President's Ability To Order Military Action

US - Iran Conflict: Senate Votes To Limit President's Ability To Order Military Action

KEY POINTS

  • Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani died in a Jan. 3 targeted drone strike outside Baghdad airport
  • Lawmakers were outraged Trump took the action without informing congressional leaders ahead of the strike
  • The strike outraged Iraqis, who have demanded the remaining 5,000 U.S. troops in the country leave

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to limit President Trump’s ability to order military action against Iran without congressional approval in the wake of a targeted drone strike that killed an Iranian general in Iraq.

The Senate voted 55-45, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats. The measure now goes back to the House.

Trump justified his action based on the congressional resolution in 2002 that allowed former President George W. Bush to deal with Iraq. Trump tried to cajole Republicans to vote against the limitations but the effort failed.