Former vice presidential candidate and sitting Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is back in the fray.
On Friday, Kaine expressed his displeasure at President Donald Trump’s decisive airstrikes on Iran’s top military leaders at the Baghdad International Airport.
The Virginia senator proposed a resolution that would effectively block Trump from any further action against Iran, deferring the decisions on whether to act to Congress.
“For years I’ve been deeply concerned about President Trump stumbling into a war with Iran. We’re now at a boiling point and Congress must step in before Trump puts even more of our troops in harm’s way,” Kaine said in a statement.
“We owe it to our servicemembers to have a debate and vote about whether or not it’s in our national interest to engage in another unnecessary war in the Middle East,” he added.
The Hill reports:
“Kaine’s resolution requires that any hostilities with Iran must be explicitly authorized by a congressional declaration of war or a specific authorization for the use of military force, though it does not prevent the United States from defending itself from imminent attack, according to a summary of the measure released by his office.”
In order for this motion to become law, it must pass both the House and Senate with a majority vote, along with being signed by the president himself.
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