US Senate Approves Resolution Limiting Trump's Military Authority against Iran

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

Note that the House had earlier passed a similar bill in January after killing of Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani.

"If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day", he said. Sends a very bad signal. "Don't let it happen!"

"We sent him on his way to a much different location and the military can handle him any way they want", he stated.

In an era of hyper-partisanship and blind allegiance by the GOP to Donald Trump, it is a testament to just how reckless his foreign policy is on #Iran that EIGHT Republican Senators voted with Democrats for this stinging, bipartisan vote for peace.

"The former US attorney whose office oversaw the Roger Stone prosecution resigned from the Trump administration Wednesday, two days after President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew her nomination for a top job at the Treasury Department".

This year the number that supported the resolution doubled. The resolution was passed by a vote of 224 to 194 and now goes to the Senate. One thing that worries Cohen is what Trump has already done to erode checks on his ability as President to protect himself from scrutiny.

There is no doubt that a presidential veto will defeat the measure, since its supporters lack the two-thirds majority required to overturn a White House veto. Can they count on continued solidarity from the United States?

"We teach them, 'Don't follow an illegal order".

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Congratulations to John Kelly for having the courage to defend Vindman and speak out against Trump now that the impeachment trial is over and Vindman has been fired and slandered. The attack caused traumatic brain injuries in at least 64 US soldiers, the Pentagon said. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen.

The passing of the bill in the Republican-majority Senate serves as a rebuke to Trump, who has been criticised by Republicans and Democrats over his administration's actions that have increased tensions with Iran.

On Thursday, the Senate voted 55 to 45 for the War Powers Resolution. As Kaine says, "An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote".

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

Still, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said this was not enough. "The resolution we will be voting on today allows us to start that debate as our founders intended". Those authorizations have been used - critics say misused - by multiple presidents to justify numerous military actions far outside of Afghanistan and Iraq, without consulting Congress.

Kaine's resolution leaves in place the two broadly written authorizations for military force passed after September 11 to fight Al Qaeda and Iraq. Trump, in part, used the 2002 AUMF to justify his strike against Soleimani, also citing an imminent threat to US personnel overseas.

The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday that he expected Defense Secretary Mark Esper to live up to his promise of no retaliation against Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, whose testimony was pivotal in the House vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign manager, quickly turned the acquittal into an opportunity to declare the president "totally vindicated" and to drum up support against Democrats. Make no mistake, no president is a king.

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