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Politics Congress could vote tomorrow on War Powers Act

19:53  13 january  2020
19:53  13 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

These Democrats voted no on the War Powers resolution

  These Democrats voted no on the War Powers resolution Eight Democrats broke with their party on Thursday to vote against the Iran War Powers resolution.Rep. Kendra Horn, an Oklahoma Democrat, voted against the War Powers resolution.

A measure to limit President Trump’s authority to wage war with Iran could come up for a vote in the Senate as soon as tomorrow. The sponsor of the Senate version, Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, already has two GOP senators on board, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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But Kaine needs two more Republicans to get the 51 vote simple majority needed for passage, and he’s hoping that Susan Collins of Maine and Jerry Moran of Kansas, who voted in the past for an amendment limiting funding for military action, will push the resolution over the top.

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.

In a Saturday interview on Fox News, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham dismissed the effort to rein in Trump as a meaningless exercise, that has “no effect of law.”

“I don't doubt their motives,” he told Jeanine Pirro, “They're ... emboldening the enemy."

“The Congress has the power to declare war. That doesn't mean that the commander in chief can't use military force to protect the country without Congress,” Graham, a retired military lawyer, argued. “We've declared war less than 10 times in the history of the country, but we've had military engagements hundreds of times.”

“He has all the authority he needs to protect troops in the field,” Graham added. “The War Powers Act is blatantly unconstitutional. You cannot have 535 commander in chiefs. Can you imagine what our nation would look like if Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul and AOC, and keep going down that list, that we couldn't defend the nation unless they all agreed?”

Why We Voted Against the War Powers Resolution .
The most consequential decision a member of Congress can make is whether to send troops into harm’s way, and it is one we take seriously and personally. We both served in the greater Middle East and saw the impact of these intractable conflicts on our fellow service members and their families. Our military personnel are our nation’s most valuable asset; we must not send them into unnecessary war. We voted against the War Powers Resolution that the House passed this week because it merely restated existing law. It addressed a de-escalated conflict with a symbolic vote that did more to distract than to fix the real challenges we face.

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