Both of Illinois Senators are standing up against the President having powers to declare war against Iran. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth both voted in support of a measure that makes it clear only Congress can declare war or authorize specific hostilities against a country.
Duckworth says weeks ago when President Trump allowed for an attack on Iran he overstepped his authority to wage war.
“It’s been 5 weeks since President Trump stomped on the Constitution, circumvented Congress and launched a strike that killed General Soleimani, now while I am glad the man is dead that decision put everyday Americans at greater risk. We have more troops deployed to the region. We’ve got 15,000 more troops in the Middle East today than before President Trump took office.”
The 55–45 vote comes as the President is likely to veto the bill.