The Defense Department announced Friday it would deploy an additional 3,500 troops to the region after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force and a terrorist who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American service personnel.
The Trump administration deployed the troops in preparation for a potential escalation of aggression in the region.
But a growing number of lawmakers want to vote on any new U.S. military action in the Middle East.
“It is my view that the president does not have the authority for a war with Iran,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Friday. “If he plans a large increase in troops and potential hostility over a longer time, the administration will require congressional approval and the approval of the American people.”