The war powers resolution was passed in March, but wasn’t formally sent to the White House until just this week.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a congressional resolution to block military action against Iran amid a new spike in tensions in the Middle East.
Trump’s rejection of legislative efforts to limit his war powers comes just weeks after Iranian vessels harassed U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf and the president threatened retaliation against Iranian ships.
The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to override Trump’s veto.
The war powers resolution was passed in March, but wasn’t formally sent to the White House until just this week because Congress has been out of session due to the coronavirus. It was the first Iran-related measure to reach Trump’s desk after months of false starts on legislation that would require Congress to sign off on military action against Iran.
But lawmakers likely won’t muster the two-thirds majority required in both the Senate and House to overcome the veto. Few Republicans on Capitol Hill have been willing to buck Trump’s authority over Iran policy.
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