Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley applauded a Senate vote on Thursday to prevent what he termed “unauthorized war with Iran”.
A release from Merkley said the vote passed 55-45.
Merkley is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has been a leading proponent of limiting president’s ability to wage war. The release said he drew national attention for a proposal to require explicit Congressional authorization of American military campaigns. Since last summer, Merkley has been leading efforts to push back on the Trump administration’s escalations towards a potential war with Iran, according to the release.
Merkley said “today’s bipartisan vote sends a strong message: Americans do not want another endless war in the Middle East, and Americans demand that this president follow the Constitution”.