Senate to Vote This Week on Limiting Trump’s Iran Options

February 11, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

The Senate will take up a resolution this week intended to rein in President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran without congressional authorization, as Democrats and a small group of Republican senators push back following the killing in January of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

“This is not about bucking the president,” Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, said Monday. “This about making sure the process works as the Constitution requires.”

Lee is one of four Republican senators co-sponsoring the measure with Senator Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, that would order the president to cease any hostilities against Iran, its government or its military without express authorization from Congress.

The GOP support will provide the 51 votes needed for the Senate to pass the resolution. The House passed a similar measure in January but would need to pass Kaine’s resolution for the legislation to go to Trump’s desk. The president is likely to veto it, and the Senate lacks the votes for an override.

“We’re likely to start the debate on Wednesday afternoon,” Kaine said. “We’ll probably have it done by Thursday.”

Trump ordered a drone strike on Jan. 3 that killed Soleimani in Baghdad. Some lawmakers, especially Democrats, have said the White House repeatedly shifted its justification for the strike.

Classified Briefing

The Senate measure, S.J.Res. 68, includes changes sought by Republicans who were frustrated by a classified briefing in January by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and other administration officials. Lee said it was the worst briefing he’d ever received on military matters.

Republicans Rand Paul of Kentucky, Todd Young of Indiana and Susan Collins of Maine are also co-sponsoring the Senate measure.

With four Democratic senators — Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado — in New Hampshire for the presidential primary Tuesday, holding the vote late Wednesday or Thursday would give them time to return to Washington.

The House resolution similar to Kaine’s is sponsored by Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat and a former CIA analyst.

The House also has passed other bills related to the Soleimani operation, including two in January from Representatives Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee, both of California, that would defund military action against Iran not authorized by Congress. It also would repeal a 2002 authorization for the use of military force that the administration has cited as part of its justification for the strike on Soleimani.

via newsmax

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  1. Kevin Judice

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    February 11, 2020 @ 3:40 pm

    Congress & Senate should sit on their hands like they always do. Trump killed a terrorist who needed killing! The slack jawed Representative & Senators should allow our President to take war to our enemies. I prefer Trump attacking them before they attack us again. No more hostages(Jimmie Carter) & hopefully never a socialist agenda in the USA! A business approach has served the country well. Allow Trump to lead.

    • TOMMIE CLARK

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      February 11, 2020 @ 7:59 pm

      I AGREE LEAVE OUR PRESIDENT ALONE HE IS IN CHARGE. DO YOU WANT ANOTHER 9/11. BESIDES BY THE TIME YOU DO ALL THAT THE DEMS WILL LEAK THE INFO.

    • Kerry Hansen

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      February 11, 2020 @ 9:37 pm

      If you think about it, the democraps and Rinos don’t REALLY care if one of ours gets killed. Make it so hard on the President to enact reprisals against those terrorists that they continue killing with impunity! You cannot conduct a war when you have to ask permission before every move, in the mean time the target has moved. When the President got Soleimani, he was in a place where there wouldn’t be any collateral damage! Seems this means to conduct a war was tried in Viet Nam. A big political war. Reminds me of what My boyhood friend (A Purple Heart recipient who is now deceased due to the results from Agent Orange) who was a Jungle tracker with his dog over there. He said If you happened to go by one of the big formally French plantations and you took fire from there and you returned fire and damaged trees or what ever else, the plantation owners would complain up their political chain of command which would cross over to ours and it would come back down to where the Platoon Company Commander would get his ass chewed out hence they wouldn’t return fire on the enemy. Our troops had to fight with one hand tired behind their back, and many died because of pure selfish politics. SHAMEFULL.

  2. Anne Leslie

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    February 11, 2020 @ 3:46 pm

    People you are not Gods! Quit trying to tie the Presidents hands on matters you know nothing about! Stick to your own jobs which are extremely difficult for you to handle as it is and stay out of the Potus job! If there is a war or major problems they will be against you not the Potus! I guess you just can’t fix stupid Warren, Sanders, Klobuchar, Lee, and others none of which have any business as they are all outspoken haters of the Potus!

    • Craig Camplain

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      February 11, 2020 @ 8:19 pm

      I agree with you 1000%These SOC DEM LIB EXTREMISTS AS THEY PORTRAY, NEED TO CUT THE BS WARREN THE FAKE NATIVE BIDEN&SON W ALL THEIR DIRTY CHINESE MONEY AND UKRAINIAN PROBLEMS/FORGET THE FACT THAT HES COMPLETELY UNSTABLE AND LOSING HIS BLEEPIN MIND! SANDERS WHO WILL LIE OR SAY ANYTHING FOR A VOTE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT OR NOT, THEN WE HAVE THE THREE EXT. CHALLENGED AND HATE MONGERERS OMAR, OCASIO, AND TALIB. THESE THREE SHOULD BE PUT BEHIND BARS. THEY SIMPLY CANNOT CLAIM THAT THEY ARE TRUE, RED WHITE AND BLUE AMERICANS. OCASIO who was literally freaked out and scared of a garbage disposal. Now where the hell did she come from, she does 0 fact checking. and knows zilch about our constitution, calling our electorial college racist. what a complete JA.OMAR ALMOST GUARANTEED HAS TIES TO HESBOLAH.SHE UTTERLY HATES AMERICA AND US GOOD CITIZENS SHE IS ALSO A HUGE ANTI SEMITIST.AND TALIB WHERE DO I BEGIN SHE SAID IT HERSELF WITH HER VASTLY EXTENSIVE VOCABULARY.WILL IMPEACH THE M***** F*****. IMPRISON OR DEPORT EVERY SINGLE ONE .WHAT THEY ARE PROMOTING IS HATRED AGAINST THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR GREAT NATION.AND SHOULD BE TRIED FOR CRIMES AGAINST OUR SOVEREIGNTY.AMERICA FIRST CITIZENS FIRST FINISH THE WALL TRUMP 2020/PENCE 2024/2028!🇺🇸✝️

  3. Conrad

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    February 11, 2020 @ 4:44 pm

    ALL of those aforementioned DEMOCRAT DOE DOE BIRDS are DEAF DUMB BLIND POLITICALLY STUPID COMPLETELY BRAIN DEAD ZOMBIES. Very soon to become a totally (DYSFUNCTIONAL THING) of the PAST!

  4. Terry Hays

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    February 11, 2020 @ 4:51 pm

    Term limits for Congress ASAP

  5. Dawn

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    February 11, 2020 @ 6:28 pm

    Imagine this: Trump has received classified intel on the location of one of the worst terrorists in Iran. He orders an immediate strike which pinpoints that location. The order goes to Congress, both House and Senate have to approve. Time is of the essence. Two weeks later, approval comes back, and by that time, our military has lost the window of opportunity and Americans die because of attacks on our bases and embassies. Nobody seriously believes that this can help our country. LEAVE OUR PRESIDENT ALONE!! We trust Trump; we do not trust Congress!

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