President Trump vetoes resolution that would have constrained his ability to dictate military action against Iran.

  • The House approved the resolution 227-186. The Senate approved the resolution 55-45. Eight Republican Senators voted with the Democrats to support the resolution.
  • The Iran war powers resolution was passed nearly two months ago but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Hostility between the U.S. and Iran skyrocketed in early January 2020 after a U.S. drone strike killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani while he was at the Baghdad airport in Iraq.
  • Iran responded with a rocket attack on two military bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops. More than 100 U.S. troops were later diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries caused by the attack, 29 of whom are being awarded Purple Hearts.
  • After Washington and Iran appeared to be on the brink of an irrational war last year, Congress took up the resolution which directed the president to “terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against Iran unless Congress specifically authorizes it.”
  • Congress is not expected to have the 2/3 majority needed to override the veto.