Politics Senate War Powers Resolution Has 51 Votes, Democrat Kaine Says
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.
(Bloomberg) -- 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.
Kaine said Tuesday he has 51 “declared votes“ for a revised version of his war powers resolution. He said Republican senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Susan Collins and Todd Young will support his measure.
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WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in Congress are moving to swiftly invoke the War Powers Resolution in an attempt to block President Trump from taking the United States into a war with Iran, even as Iran vows revenge for his killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani and Mr. Trump is threatening disproportionate strikes inside Iran if it does retaliate. But Congress’s control over decisions about going to war has been eroding for generations, and administrations of both parties have established precedents that undercut the resolution as a meaningful check on presidential war-making authority.Here is an explanation of the legal issues raised by the rapidly evolving crisis.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was also optimistic that it has enough support to pass.
“We believe we will get 51 votes,” Schumer told reporters Tuesday. “We believe this resolution is the right way to go.”
Kaine’s measure includes changes requested by Republicans, and the Virginia senator said it’s eligible for floor consideration Tuesday though it could get a vote earlier if a deal is reached with leadership. Kaine said under Senate rules the measure can get an expedited vote and only needs a simple majority to pass.
Kaine said he expects the Senate to be able to act on the measure even though Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the chamber plans to begin Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday. Schumer said senators will “work out the timing.”
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Congress could vote tomorrow on War Powers Act .
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. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.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.
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