Democrats want to tie Trump’s hands on Iran. Here are their options.

Congress wants to take back its war-making authorities as tensions escalate with Iran.

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Bryant Harris

Bryant Harris


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Iran-US tensions

Jun 7, 2019

The Donald Trump administration's aggressive stance against Iran has left Congress scrambling to reclaim some say on foreign policy. But after ceding power to the president for decades, lawmakers face an uphill battle.

Democrats have invoked the Vietnam-era War Powers Act to try to limit US participation in the war against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, but did not have enough support to override the president’s veto.

Lawmakers of both parties are also challenging the administration’s attempt to do an end run around Congress in selling weapons to Iran’s Arab foes.

Finally, several legislators are invoking the proverbial power of the purse to cut off funding for kinetic action against Iran.

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