Sen. McConnell urges Senate against passing War Powers Resolution
Sen. McConnell urges Senate against passing War Powers Resolution
13 February, 2020, 17:39
"This resolution is about Congress reclaiming its rightful role in decisions about war", Kaine said Wednesday on the Senate floor. "Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority.
The Senate just voted to move forward with a vote on our war powers resolution.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, however, argued on Tuesday that passage in the House and Senate will send a warning to the White House, even if the President vetoes the measure.
Politically it would be hard - Trump could accuse lawmakers of failing to support American soldiers already in combat.
"We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress votes to authorize such a war", Kaine told CNN ahead of the vote.
The debate on the resolution opened on Wednesday, and the final vote is expected sometime on Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has opposed the resolution, arguing it "would severely limit the U.S. military's operational flexibility to defend itself against threats posed by Iran".
Why it matters: The bipartisan resolution, which has the backing of Sens.
While there's some merit to Trump's argument that Democrats are only talking checks on presidential powers because he is president, several Republicans in both the House and the Senate who are normally in his corner have thrown their support behind Kaine's proposal. I think it's an unconstitutional intrusion on the ability of any commander in chief to defend the nation, the South Carolina Republican said on the floor.
Tehran responded to the USA attack on Soleimani by launching missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops.
The resolution, which needs a simple majority to pass, is expected to get support from Republican senators, including Jerry Moran, Susan Collins, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. "The last thing we need to do is to be tricked into another war in the Middle East". "If we're to order our young men and women ... to risk their lives in war, it should be on the basis of careful deliberation by the people's elected legislature and not on the say-so of any one person".
Trump voiced opposition to the measure Wednesday saying it "is not the time to show weakness" and that if his administration is unable to act on Tehran, "Iran would have a field day". "Let's defeat this misguided resolution", he added. John Thune, said Trump's killing of Soleimani was justified, calling the war powers resolution "an ill-advised and potentially problematic response to the president's action".
Senate action on the war powers resolution follows a number of votes in the House of Representatives aimed at addressing rising tensions with Iran.
The Democratic-led House passed a resolution in January after some members of Congress said the White House failed to fully inform them about the Soleimani airstrike.
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