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Senate passes Iran war powers resolution

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/13/20, 04:42 pm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate voted 55-45 to admonish President Donald Trump for the airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The resolution rebukes the president for taking military action without first seeking the approval of Congress and says lawmakers must authorize any further offensives.

What spurred the resolution? Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., introduced the resolution last month after the Trump administration notified congressional leaders about the drone strike after the fact. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Todd Young of Indiana joined Democrats to approve the measure on Thursday.

The resolution is expected to pass the House, but the president warned lawmakers against voting in favor of it on Wednesday and will almost certainly veto it. It is unlikely the Senate can muster the two-thirds vote necessary to overturn a veto.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report on how the troubles in Iraq affect its Christian population.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 10:34 pm

    I’m glad the President can veto this. Can you imagine any situation where immediate action is called for, and having to send the question to a fractured House for acrimonious and endless debate!  Not to mention, too many who would leak secret information and tip off our adversaries.  

  • zonie
    Posted: Fri, 02/14/2020 01:05 am

    Oldmike,  Exactly!  I don't recall Obama seeking congressional approval when he went after Osama bin Laden. Nor do I recall Congress caring one bit about that.  Oh, the hypocrisy!

    Posted: Fri, 02/14/2020 07:23 pm

    Trump must not be required to tell Congress his war plans. They have traitors in their midst who probably have a hotline to someone in Iran as well as terrorists in other places.