Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sen. Kaine: Enough GOP Votes to Pass War Powers Resolution

Sen. Kaine: Enough GOP Votes to Pass War Powers Resolution

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday he believed a majority of 51 U.S. senators will approve a war powers resolution to block President Donald Trump from further military action, which would be a rebuke of the president's policy in the Republican-controlled chamber.

Kaine said it was possible there will be an agreement to consider the resolution before then, but also said he expects to be able to conduct the trial and consider the war powers resolution simultaneously.

Lee told The Hill that the resolution is a "completely noncontroversial measure" that emphasizes the Constitution giving Congress the sole power to declare war, adding that the measure states that "additional hostilities against Iran need to be authorized by Congress".

Last week, Paul and Lee jointly said they were on board with the new Kaine war powers measure after a contentious closed-door briefing on Iran with Trump administration officials.

Many members of Congress, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have been pushing the administration for more information about the killing this month of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad's airport.

The Hill reported that Kaine's changes to the resolution include removing language that directly mentions Trump by name, which some found to be too political.

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The House passed legislation known as a concurrent resolution last week, which called for an end to military action against Iran unless Trump obtained Congress' approval. War powers resolutions are not subject to filibusters, so only 51 votes are needed for passage. However, with the Senate weighing the start of a potential impeachment trial of President Trump that day, it has put that timing also in question.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans oppose the resolution, saying it would send the wrong message to US allies.

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"I'm not likely to force a vote on Kaine I, because I've got the votes on Kaine II", the 2016 vice presidential candidate told reporters when asked if he would bring the first version to the Senate floor. "Unfortunately, due to Senate parliamentarian procedures, those revisions will not be incorporated until after a partisan vote to discharge occurs. So we are doing what we ought to do by our troops and their families by taking this more seriously than we have in the past", Kaine said.

Congress approved wide-ranging Authorization for Use of Military Force efforts in 2001 and 2002.

"The Kaine resolution would continue to allow the president to respond to emergencies created by aggression from any hostile nation, including Iran, and to repel an imminent attack by Iran or its proxy forces", Collins said in a statement. "It simply makes clear that only the Legislative Branch may declare war or commit our armed forces to a sustained military conflict with Iran", she said.

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