Baldwin supports, Johnson opposes, passage of Iran War Powers Resolution

Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson. Photos: Wikimedia Commons, licensed under creative commons.

Author: Sam Buisman

Wisconsin’s Senators voted on opposite sides of the Iran War Powers Resolution, which passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote.

While Senator Tammy Baldwin voted with the majority in favor of the resolution, which asserts Congress’ authority to declare war and demands that the President seek its approval before further strikes on Iran, Senator Ron Johnson voted against it. The final vote on the resolution was 55-45, with eight Republican senators joining all 47 Democrats.

The resolution aims to reign in President Trump from launching further unauthorized strikes on Iran by reaffirming Congress’ constitutional power to declare war and its role in advising the White House on military operations. If passed, the resolution would direct the President to cease all further offensive uses of force against Iran until Congress issues a declaration of war or authorizes a specific strike.

According to ABC, the resolution is almost guaranteed to pass the House and then be voted by the president himself.

In a press release, Senator Baldwin said that “Democrats and Republicans agree. We can’t let the President send more young men and women to war and repeat the mistakes of the past.”

At press time, Senator Johnson has not released any statements on his vote.