March 12 (UPI) -- The House has passed a bill that would curtail President Donald Trump's warmaking powers against Iran, which is now headed for the president's desk -- and a certain veto.
The House voted 227-186 Wednesday to back the bill, with a handful of Republicans joining Democrats in the legislation. The Senate version, introduced by Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, passed the upper chamber a month ago, also with bi-partisan support.
If he signed the bill, Trump would be barred from using military force against Iran without express authorization from Congress. The president has already promised a veto, which neither chamber appears to have enough Republican votes to override.
Without a two-thirds supermajority, the bill would be largely a symbolic gesture.
Kaine introduced the bill following Trump's decision in January to kill Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, a move that was not presented for congressional approval -- and one which drew a counterstrike from Tehran against two U.S. bases in Iraq. Dozens of U.S. personnel received concussion-like injuries in the attacks.
"The American people don't want war with Iran. Congress has not authorized war with Iran," he said. "That should be crystal clear."