Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. Senate Advances Resolution Limiting Trump’s Actions Against Iran

U.S. Senate Advances Resolution Limiting Trump’s Actions Against Iran

His resolution would direct the president "to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military, unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force against Iran".

Why it matters: The bipartisan resolution, which has the backing of Sens. "An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote". "If we're to order our young men and risk their lives in war, it should be on the basis of careful deliberation by the people's elected legislature and not on the say-so of any one person".

The move came after Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Major General Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, in Baghdad.

The outcome was a reflection of Trump's strong support among Republicans and his campaign's almost 18-month effort to diminish any significant threats to his renomination.

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee have collectively raised more than half a billion dollars since the beginning of 2019, with more than $60 million raised in January 2020 alone. "Don't let it happen!".

In his tweet, Trump once again defended his decision, saying: "Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani".

In response to Soleimani's killing, Tehran launched missile strikes on two bases hosting USA troops in Iraq.

Kaine has long pushed for action reasserting congressional power to declare war. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was right - President Trump said he did, in fact, learn some lessons from his impeachment. Between Paul, Lee and two more Republicans who said they might support it, Kaine's proposal may yet have the 51 votes required to pass. The Democratic majority in the House is expected to pass the measure next, after which it would go to Trump for his signature.

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