Under the Constitution, Congress has the power to declare war.
The legislation was advanced in Congress after Tehran and Washington came to the verge of an all-out military confrontation early in 2020 when a U.S. strike killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
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"We can't risk getting dragged into an unnecessary war, especially in the middle of a global pandemic", spokeswoman Loully Saney said, quoting Mr. Kaine. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) were the Republicans to do so in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The move marks the seventh time Trump has used his veto pen, including on a previous war powers resolution related to the USA military's assistance to Saudi Arabia in Yemen's civil war.
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Democrats accused Trump of acting recklessly and backed the resolution, while Trump's fellow Republicans, who rarely vote against the president, opposed it. He outlined that the resolution states that his "constitutional authority to use military force is limited to defense of the United States and its forces against imminent attack". "That starts today with upholding the president's rightful veto of a misguided war powers resolution".
"We live in a hostile world of evolving threats, and the Constitution recognizes that the president must be able to anticipate our adversaries' next moves and take swift and decisive action in response", Trump said. But the actual transmission of the congressional resolution to the White House was delayed for almost two months as Congress left Washington due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to aides. Mike Lee (R-Utah), both of whom insisted that Congressional approval was required to use force and found the intelligence used to justify Soleimani's killing after the fact decidedly unconvincing.
Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio tweeted soon after the press release he had information that "the Senate could vote to override this veto as soon as tomorrow".
Trump announced his decision to veto Sen.
The resolution said the U.S. President can not commit his military to hostilities against Iran or any part of its government or military without explicit authorisation from the Congress.