Sen. Cassidy issues statement on war powers resolution vote

SOURCE: MGN

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The U.S. Senate has approved a bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump’s authority to launch military operations against Iran, according to the Associated Press.

In a 55-45 vote, eight Republicans joined Democratic senators in voting to pass the measure, including Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

Cassidy issued a statement regarding his vote Thursday afternoon.

“This resolution protects our constitutional system of checks and balances while allowing presidents to defend our country from attacks. If this resolution was in effect at the beginning of the year, President Trump would have still been able to carry out strikes against Iran and General Soleimani (which I supported). The founders gave Congress the power to declare war under Article 1 of the Constitution; we should fulfill this responsibility,” said Dr. Cassidy.

The joint resolution directs the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), who authored the measure, said in a statement, "If we're to order our young men and women in uniform to risk their lives and health in war, it should be on the basis of careful deliberation. After years of Congress avoiding its constitutional duty on matters of war, I’m grateful that a bipartisan majority of Senators affirmed that the President cannot send our troops into conflict without authorization."

Louisiana's other senator, Republican John Kennedy, voted against the resolution.

The House could take up the Senate resolution later this month. It would take a two-thirds vote to override a potential presidential veto.