Eight GOP Senators Vote with Democrats to Limit Trump’s Iran War Powers
Eight Republicans have voted in favor of passing the Iran War Powers Resolution, a bipartisan resolution that will limit President Donald Trump's power in taking military action.
The eight Republicans are Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), Susan Collins (Maine), Todd Young (Ind.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Bill Cassidy (La.), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). These eight Republicans sided with all the Democrats in the chamber, passing the said resolution 55 to 45.
This resolution was brought up by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) ans Dick Durbin (D-Ill). This took place after the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in an Air Strike in January. This move was seen necessary after the forces loyal to Soleimani were planning to attack American assets in the region. Days before that, the forces already killed an American contractor.
The resolution states that the U.S. military would be directed to step back from conflicts with Iran if they don't have congressional approval.
President Donald Trump urged the GOP members to oppose this bill, stating how it would make the US look weak to Tehran. He believes that this is not the time to show such behavior and that if he and his administration can't act on the issue with Tehran, Iran would take advantage of their setback.
In his posts, the president tweeted "It is very important for our Country's SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness... If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!"
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) opposed the resolution. Kaine, however, argues that this measure isn't about the president, but about the Congress reasserting its Constitutional power in declaring war. On Wednesday, he said "This resolution is about Congress reclaiming its rightful role in decisions about war. While the president does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there. An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition. It's clearly stated in the Constitution."
The resolution is now set to pass the House. The vote failed to meet the 67-vote threshold that was needed to overcome the president's veto.