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Banks: Congress ties president’s hands with Iran War Powers resolution

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - U.S. Rep. Jim Banks on Friday criticized a Senate move one day earlier to rein in President Donald' Trump's ability to use military muscle against Iran without Congressional consent.

By a 55-45 vote, the Senate approved the restrictions. Indiana's senators -- both Republicans -- split on the vote, with Sen. Todd Young voting in the majority and Sen. Mike Braun opposing the limitations.

The resolution now heads to the House, where it is expected to pass.

On Fox Business News Friday morning, Banks asked, "Why would you tie the president's hands from keeping us safe, which is what this president did when he took out (Iranian Gen.) Soleimani, who was planning attacks on our embassies and our bases? That's the type of leadership that we want from our Commander in Chief.

"To tie his hands is asinine."

Banks called the Senate vote a "foolish move." He posted his appearance and his thoughts on the resolution to Twitter later in the morning.

Eight Republicans joined with a majority of the Democrats in the Senate to pass that resolution.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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