US Senate votes to curb Trump's war powers on Iran

  • US Senate votes to curb Trump's war powers on Iran

US Senate votes to curb Trump's war powers on Iran

FILE - Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul, both Republicans, walk to a vote on Capitol Hill, in Washington, June 27, 2019. He should veto it with 55 pens, and send one to each of the Senators who voted for it, to remind them of what they tried to do at a moment when our president, and the Iranian people, needed solidarity.

President Trump has already survived a House impeachment and Senate trial. Ten Democrats joined all 53 Republicans in voting for it.

Concerned about Trump's erratic approach to the Middle East and about the prospect that similar tensions might at any point escalate toward war, Senators 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 IN broke with Trump to curb the president's ability to wage war on Iran without express approval from Congress. "It's interesting that he is starting to poke his head out and speak a little bit more, just like [former national security adviser] John Bolton, as we're getting close to the election".

Vindman lodged an alert after hearing Trump make his now infamous phone call to new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July a year ago, demanding a probe into Democratic presidential opponent Joe Biden.

Graham, R-S.C., said he has attempted to smooth things over between Trump and Manchin, talking to him about his attacks on the Democrat and arguing that Manchin is the Republicans' best chance for bipartisan support on legislation. And it's time for Congress to reclaim its authority. We've been lied to by the Pentagon for years regarding a war that has gone on two decades.

"It is long overdue", the Maine Republican said.

Lee supports Trump's foreign policy - including toward Iran - but said Congress can not escape its constitutional responsibility to act on matters of war and peace.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a similar resolution last month but there are enough differences between the Senate's version and the House's that it must pass the lower chamber again before it can be sent to Trump's desk.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a joint resolution directing President Donald Trump to not use military action against Iran unless first receiving congressional approval. However, that resolution was nonbinding.

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the Hope for Prisoners Graduation Ceremony at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Headquarters, where he will discuss his Administration's efforts to provide previously-incarcerated Americans with second chances.

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the sole responsibility to formally declare war.

The Democratic majority in the House is expected to pass the measure next, after which it would go to Trump for his signature.

While Trump and other presidents "must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there, " Kaine said.

"The media, in my view-and I feel very strongly about this-is not the enemy of the people", he said.

Trump has launched a season of getting even, lashing out at those who spoke out against him during the impeachment and Mueller investigations and openly demanding retribution.

Manchin, who said he's going to hold town halls to explain his decision to vote to convict to West Virginians, drew Trump's ire for his votes to convict. Lee in supporting the resolution, including Sen. However, a few months later, the president ended the refueling of jets aiding the coalition fighting in Yemen.

Young, who is a Marine Corps veteran, says his military background played a role in his decision to support the measure.

The resolution asserts that Congress must be consulted for a declaration of war or an authorization of the use of military force before the president can engage in "hostilities" against Iran.

It may take longer than a week for the president to come around, however. "And as part of that we want to make sure that any military action that needs to be authorized is in fact properly authorized by Congress". It was a win for the USA - as even his critics acknowledged. That same day, Trump fired Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union and a former Trump campaign donor, who had told the House that "everybody knew" Trump was pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations. Sonland was removed from his position along with Lt. Col. Vindman two days after the acquittal vote, according to the New York Times.

According to the New York Times, the latest tally, which has steadily grown since the January 8 strike, drew a sharp contrast with the assertion by the Trump administration in the hours after the attack that no Americans were hurt. "I really don't rule anything out", Manchin said in a recent interview with Politico.