Senate passes Iran War Powers resolution despite Trump's opposition

Senate passes Iran War Powers resolution despite Trump's opposition

Trump's Republican party holds a 53-seat majority in the Senate, however, during Thursday's vote eight Republicans joined the Democratic cause.

The war powers resolution passed the Senate hours after the US Navy announced that it had seized weapons believed to be of Iranian "design and manufacture" from a Iranian dhow in the Arabian Sea. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), gained steam in the wake of the USA drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani in early January.

Early Thursday, the Senate voted down an amendment to the resolution from Sen.

"Well, then why are a good number of Republicans supporting it?" "With Congress's continued leadership, backed by an organized and activated grass roots", she says, "we can be the necessary counterweight to Trump's pro-war foreign policy".

Kaine argued Wednesday that the resolution is "not directed toward President Trump, it would apply equally to any President", adding, "It's fundamentally about Congress owning up to and taking responsibility for the most significant decision that we should ever have to make". But there are enough differences between the Senate's version and the House's that it must pass that chamber again before it can be sent to Trump's desk. "The Congress and the American people know we can not afford war".

The killing of Soleimani heightened tensions between the United States and Iran last month, reviving a long-running debate over the role Congress should play in overseeing the president's ability to manage foreign military operations. The two senators said the explanation from officials, including Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, was inadequate and condescending.

It follows the passage of a similar bill in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last month, with voting mostly along party lines.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., does a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 18, 2019.

Barr this week acknowledged that the U.S. Department of Justice was accepting and reviewing information from Giuliani ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, sparking concern from Democrats and some legal experts. "And we are here today to commit to continuing to strengthen that relationship".

Trump has promised a veto, and there is not expected to be enough support to muster the two-thirds Senate super majority to override. It also defends American aggression in case of an imminent threat.

But when it came time to vote, Manchin determined in no uncertain terms that Trump was, in fact, guilty of abusing his power and obstructing Congress and thus deserved to be ousted from office. "After years of Congress avoiding its constitutional duty on matters of war, I'm grateful that a bipartisan majority of Senators affirmed that the President can not send our troops into conflict without authorization".

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