Paul Will Join Senate Democrats in Backing Resolution Checking Trump's Military Actions in Iran

Jan 9, 2020

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is a longtime critic of American military involvement in the Middle East.
Credit J. Tyler Franklin

Rand Paul of Kentucky is one of at least two Republican U.S. Senators supporting a Democratic resolution aimed at curbing President Trump's ability to launch future military strikes against Iran.

Sen. Paul and Mike Lee of Utah have publicly backed the resolution, which would place a 30-day deadline on the President to seek authorization from Congress for military action, except in a case of an imminent threat.

Politico reports the Senate version of the resolution could be introduced as early as next week.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says her chamber will vote Thursday on its version of a resolution seeking to curtail Trump's actions against Iran.

Members of Congress were briefed Wednesday by Trump administration officials about the decision to kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

Paul said after the briefing that it was “absurd” and an “insult” that the administration told lawmakers it had the authority to launch the drone strike that killed Soleimani because of a 2002 vote by Congress to authorize military force in Iraq.

Paul’s fellow Kentucky Senator, Mitch McConnell, said President Trump had shown “patience and prudence” in announcing that he wants to avoid future conflicts with Tehran.