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Politics Schumer: Senate must vote on resolution limiting Trump on Iran

23:55  06 january  2020
23:55  06 january  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Pelosi says House to vote on resolution to limit Trump's military actions on Iran

  Pelosi says House to vote on resolution to limit Trump's military actions on Iran Pelosi says House to vote on resolution to limit Trump's military actions on Iran(Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will introduce and vote on a war powers resolution this week to limit U.S. President Donald Trump's military actions regarding Iran.

"This resolution is similar to the resolution introduced by Senator Tim Kaine in the Senate ," Pelosi said in a statement late on Sunday."It reasserts Trump also threatened sanctions against Iraq and said that if U.S. troops were required to leave, Iraq's government would have to pay Washington for

Trump said Saturday that the U.S. has 52 targets in mind if Iran retaliates, including cultural sites, but House speaker Nancy Pelosi released a letter Sunday night saying the House will vote on a resolution this week to limit Trump ’s military actions in Iran . Soleimani’s killing “endangered our

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that the chamber will have to vote on a resolution limiting President Trump's ability to take military action against Iran.

Chuck Schumer wearing a suit and tie: Schumer: Senate must vote on resolution limiting Trump on Iran© Greg Nash Schumer: Senate must vote on resolution limiting Trump on Iran

Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, noted that Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) had introduced a war powers resolution that would require Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from hostilities against Iran within 30 days without congressional sign off.

"That resolution will be privileged, so it will have to come to the floor," Schumer said. "My colleagues, we're going to vote on it."

Iranian attack scrambles House war powers vote

  Iranian attack scrambles House war powers vote The real prospect of rapidly intensifying conflict complicates the Democrats’ plan to repudiate President Donald Trump for a deadly drone attack on Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani last week without notifying Congress. House Democrats say they are likely to pause, if not abandon, their plans for a war powers resolution. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “This discussion started Sunday night.

"This resolution is similar to the resolution introduced by Senator Tim Kaine in the Senate ," Pelosi said in a statement late on Sunday. "It reasserts Congress's long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration's military hostilities

"This resolution is similar to the resolution introduced by Senator Tim Kaine in the Senate ," she said. "It reasserts Congress's long-established oversight On Friday, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine introduced a resolution to force a debate and vote in Congress in order to prevent further escalation

The resolution was introduced last week after Trump sparked a fierce debate on Capitol Hill over his war powers in the wake of an airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was in Iraq.

The House is set to vote on a similar resolution this week. Kaine can force a vote on the Senate floor 10 days after his resolution was introduced. Both need a simple majority to make it to Trump's desk, where they would likely face a veto.

The Senate voted 50-40 in June on a similar measure from Kaine and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), which needed 60 votes at the time to be added to a mammoth defense bill. GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) voted for it at the time.

In addition to a war powers resolution, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would block funding for any offensive military force in or against Iran without prior congressional authorization.

House to vote Thursday on war powers resolution after Iran attacks

  House to vote Thursday on war powers resolution after Iran attacks The House will vote Thursday on a resolution to limit President Trump's ability to take future military action against Iran without congressional authorization, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday afternoon. Pelosi's statement came after a classified lawmaker briefing from top administration officials following attacks by Iran the night before on two bases in Iraq that house U.S. troops. The resolution directs the president to end the use of U.S. armed forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran unless Congress has formally authorized it or if there is an "imminent armed attack upon the United States.

Most senators are coming back to town on Monday, after the chamber held a brief hour-and-a-half session on Friday; the House will return for votes on Tuesday night. The resolution would require Trump to remove U.S. forces from hostilities against Iran , “or any part of its government or military

Trump critics in Congress preparing vote to limit war powers. “This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran ,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to fellow Democrats, referring to a similar Senate resolution to be introduced by Sen.

"I am supportive of both Senator Kaine and Senator Sanders's efforts, and I urge the Senate to consider both in the coming days," Schumer added on Monday.

A quartet of top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, are scheduled to brief the House and Senate on Iran separately on Wednesday.

Democrats have lashed out at the airstrike, arguing Trump sidestepped getting authorization from Congress and questioning the administration's claim that it was in response to an immediate threat. Schumer and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) are asking the administration to declassify a notification sent over the weekend to Congress.

"It is critical that national security matters of such importance, war and peace, the possibility of another, 'endless war in the Middle East,' that knowledge of the actions and justification should be shared with he American people in a timely manner. It's Americans who will be asked to pay for such a war if it occurs," Schumer said.

It's unlikely Congress will successfully check Trump's war authorities. Two-thirds in both chambers would be needed to overcome a potential veto.

And most GOP senators have lined up behind the airstrike.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lashed out at Democrats for criticizing Trump on the issue.

"In this toxic political environment, some of our colleagues rushed to blame our own government before even knowing the facts, rushed to split hairs about intelligence before being briefed on it, and rushed to downplay Soleimani's even while presenting our president as the villain," McConnell said on Monday.

Senate War Powers Resolution Has 51 Votes, Democrat Kaine Says .
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says he has enough votes to pass a resolution that would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to carry out a military attack against Iran without congressional authorization. © Bloomberg The U.S. Capitol stands past metal fencing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are locked in a stare-down over the terms of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, which carries political risks for both sides if it continues deeper into January.

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