Sen. Sanders, Rep. Khanna introduce bill to block President Trump from taking action against Iran

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 7:15 PM PT — Friday, January 3, 2020

Two Democrat lawmakers have drawn up legislation to block the Trump administration from taking further action against Iran without approval from Congress. Democrats Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna introduced the measure on Friday, which would restrict funding for any military action against Iran.

This same kind of legislation was left out of the National Defense Authorization Act last month after it initially passed the House.

FILE – In this April 2, 2018 file photo, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., gestures during a campaign kickoff rally in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine also introduced a separate bill on the same day, which would require any hostilities against Iran to be authorized by a congressional declaration of war.

Kaine went on to say the administration has brought America “to the brink of another war.”

“Soleimani was a despicable killer, but this drastic escalation of hostilities, waging a military attack on Iraqi soil over the objections of that country and without congressional authorization, will increase the threat to American troops, diplomats, and families in the region,” he said. “(President) Trump’s decision to tear up a diplomatic deal that was working and resume escalating aggression with Iran has brought us to the brink of another war in the Middle East.”

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