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US Senate votes to limit Trump’s military authority against Iran

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate backed legislation to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to constrain the White House.
WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate backed legislation to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to constrain the White House.
As per reports, the resolution, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and heavily opposed by Trump, passed 55-45, marking a rare bipartisan admonish of the president a little over a week after the Senate acquitted Trump in his impeachment trial.
Eight Republicans voted in support of the resolution: Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Todd Young of Indiana.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer celebrated the success of the resolution in a tweet: “With Senator Kaine’s War Powers Resolution now passed, a bipartisan majority of Senators just sent a clear shot across the bow saying President Trump cannot wage war without Congress’s explicit approval.”

Kaine tweeted that “this is a strong bipartisan message from the Senate that we will uphold our constitutional duty to deliberate and vote before sending our troops into harm’s way.”

 

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