US Senate Advances Resolution Limiting Trump’s Ability to Wage War

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The US Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday intended to limit President Donald Trump‘s ability to wage war against Iran, paving the way for a final vote as eight Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution.

The resolution would require Trump to remove US troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorization for the use of military force.

The vote was 51-45 on a motion to proceed to a final vote, expected on Wednesday or on Thursday.

Republican opponents, including Trump, said passage would send the wrong message to Tehran.

“It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness,” Trump said on Twitter.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the resolution abused the War Powers Act because that law was intended to prevent the deployment of thousands of troops into sustained combat without congressional authorization.

Supporters disagreed.

“We don’t send a message of weakness when we stand up for the rule of law,” Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, a lead sponsor of the measure, told a news conference with Republicans Mike Lee and Susan Collins and Democrat Richard Durbin.

“That’s a message of strength and it especially speaks to people around the world who are in the streets protesting… because they want the rule of law,” Kaine said.

Calling himself a “huge fan” of Trump‘s foreign policy, Lee said the resolution supported Trump‘s goal of limiting military action. “This should not be controversial,” Lee said.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed a similar resolution last month, as Democrats and some Republicans fumed over Trump‘s failure to fully inform them about his Iran strategy.

Trump last month ordered a drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani at the airport in Baghdad, but did not inform Congress until afterward.

Fears that the country was on the brink of war with Iran added new fuel to an ongoing effort by members of both parties to take back the power to declare war from the White House.

The US Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the power to declare war.

Despite bipartisan backing, the resolution is unlikely to garner enough support from members of Trump‘s party to overcome a veto if it does reach his desk.

Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

{Matzav.com}

1 COMMENT

  1. “stand up for the rule of law” What is that suppose to mean? The topic is not about standing up for the rule of law. The topic is about making up (more) laws and their nature. Just what declaration was made by Congress authorizing Clinton’s war in Yugoslavia? Yet the Washington Post of 1999 carried the following:

    > A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by 26 members of Congress who contended that President Clinton has had no legal authority to continue U.S. participation in the airstrikes against Yugoslavia.

    So how about that judicial precedent for “rule of law”? And that was a REAL WAR of INVASION where the US bombed – in addition to natives – both Russian and Chinese installations.

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