Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Inhofe, Lankford oppose war powers resolution

Inhofe, Lankford oppose war powers resolution

The US Senate passed an Iran War Powers Resolution on Thursday that would curtail President Donald Trump from ordering strikes against Iran without first seeking Congress's explicit permission.

The US Senate voted 55-45 to approve SJRes 68 Thursday, ordering the removal of any troops engaged in hostilities against Iran.

The resolution gained traction in Congress after Trump ordered the strike that killed Iran's top general, Qasem Soleimani, in early January.

Dick Durbin (D-IL), holds a news conference after the final vote on the war powers resolution regarding potential military action against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, DC, Feb. 13, 2020.

The bipartisan War Powers measure, authored by Sen.

The Constitution gives that power to Congress, not the president, but presidents from both parties in recent decades have expanded the White House's authority to pursue military action without legislators' input.

Since Trump's impeachment acquittal, the president has taken a victory lap and began exacting revenge on those he's deemed disloyal. The main reason Obama's Iran deal was so weak was no one really believed him when he said that the military option was on the table.

Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee said the briefing on Trump's engagement with Iran following the drone attack on Soleimani was among the worst they had been given during their time in the U.S. Senate. Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

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Now, Manchin is singing a much different tune, telling Politico he thinks Trump can still be a "tremendous president".

The House voted almost along party lines on January 9, passing a non-binding resolution similar to Kaine's legislation by a 224-194 vote.

The Senate failed past year to override Trump's veto of a similar resolution that ordered an end to the administration's support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. "The resolution we will be voting on today allows us to start that debate as our founders intended".

Later in the month, a pair of bills limiting Trump's military authority passed the House with some Republican support.

The administration said the killing, which occurred in Iraq, was covered under previous authorizations for the use of military force that Congress passed after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Despite bipartisan support, the resolution is not likely to amass adequate assistance from participants of Trump's event to conquer a veto if it does reach his workdesk.

President Trump should not just veto the Iran War Powers resolution.

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