A bipartisan majority of U.S. senators are ready to vote on a resolution which would greatly limit President Donald Trump’s power to start a war with Iran, according to the New York Times:
“A measure that would force President Trump to win congressional authorization before taking further military action against Iran now has enough Republican support to pass the Senate, a key Democratic senator said Tuesday.”
That resolution, which was drafted by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) is supported by four GOP senators, who told Kaine they were “discouraged that the attitude that was being communicated to us was that Congress was an annoyance,” Kaine told the Times, adding:
“After that, they came to me and we have been able to make some amendments.”
One of the Republicans willing to cross the aisle and issue a rebuke to President Trump is Susan Collins of Maine, who announced her support for Kaine’s measure in a written statement:
“Congress cannot be sidelined on these important decisions. Only the legislative branch may declare war or commit our armed forces to a sustained military conflict with Iran.”
The other senators who are expected to vote in favor of the resolution are Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has been extremely critical of Trump for his assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Paul had this to say during an appearance on “Meet the Press” Sunday:
“President Trump has been very consistent in saying he doesn’t want perpetual war, but I have pushed back and said, ‘If you keep sending more troops, you will have perpetual war.’ The troops are merely targets. We really need to have a debate about whether we should still be in Iraq or Afghanistan, and we need authorization from Congress.”
All of this suggests that despite Trump’s crowing about the attack on the Iranian general being a huge success, a majority of the House and Senate don’t trust him to make the right choice in matters of war and peace.
The House passed a similar measure just last week. It also requires that President Trump come to Congress for consent before he commits further U.S. troops to any military action against Iran.
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