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Murkowski votes for War Powers Resolution

President Trump watches the operation to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the White House Situation Room. From left is National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley and Brigadier General Marcus Evans, Deputy Director for Special Operations.

TRUMP VOWS VETO

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined with a bipartisan group of senators to pass a resolution that limits President Trump’s ability to launch military operations.

The War Powers Resolution passed 51-45, and came after debate over the president’s reasons for a drone strike that killed Iran’s top terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, in January.

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine sponsored the bill. He was joined by all Democrats along with Republicans Murkowski, Susan Collins, Jerry Moran, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Todd Young, Lamar Alexander, and Bill Cassidy.

The Democrat-controlled House has already passed a similar resolution.

However, the measure lacks the 67-vote threshold needed to override a presidential veto.

The resolution reiterates that Congress hasn’t declared war against Iran and would require Trump to remove US troops from any “hostilities” with Iran within 30 days, unless he has approval of Congress.

Trump had already signaled his intent to veto it: “If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don’t let it happen!”

“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. Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani…” he wrote.

Murkowski was asked by reporters on Wednesday if it appeared the president had learned any lessons since being impeached.

“Well, there haven’t been very strong indicators this week that he has,” Murkowski said.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • and Aquitted ( forever )

  • Murkowski is not only a traitor to Alaska but to the nation’s security. This political back-stabbing has two years left and then Alaska will finally be rid of the Murkowskis!

  • Let’s hope that the majority of Alaskans who believe in this President remember Ms. Murkowski when it comes time to replace her in the Senate. She has betrayed the trust of her Republican coworkers, but follows along with the liberal Democrats and her write-in constituents. Shame, Lisa, … just plain ole shame!

  • The President is the Commander in Chief. Any hostile nations would love to have our Presidents hands tied when they threaten our national security. So many weak legislators, so many blind ones with little understanding of what it takes to protect our freedoms. What a great president we have. So,so very sad.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama authorized more than 500 drone strikes.

    • Fortunately, we did not elect Hillary. She probably would have expanded the drone program to include strikes against domestic targets in the red states.

      • Only those with MAGA hats JMARK. Heheh!

        • Ahahahahahahaha!

        • Such a dim view. Look in the mirror. Tough Noogies

          • That was a joke. Talk about a dim view.
            I’ll bet you are a blast at parties, Mark.

  • Lisa Murky has to be get rid of.She is an embarrassment for the state of Alaska

    • Look folks, the War Powers Act doesn’t weaken the president. We can still launch drone strikes and kill bad guys if we have knowledge they perpetrated a crime in the past or was going to do so in the future. It just means you can’t declare war on Iran because he woke up with a hard on. We weren’t going to do that anyway. So basically this is just a blowhard move by the Senate to do something that has already been done. Lisa has a long way to go before I vote for her again for no other reason than she voted to kill babies and then in an email to me she says it’s a woman’s health issue. No Lisa, it’s a baby’s life issue.

  • Can’t wait to vote her out.

  • She is a democrat in conservative clothing. We can’t wait to vote her lying, liberal carcass OUT.

  • Didn’t see Romney on that list of traitors.
    For the sake of argument. President Trump was not impeached. The house may have voted for but it was squished by the Senate. My understanding of what I was taught in High School, over 50 years ago, about Our US Government it requires both the House and Senate to Impeach.

    • To remove from office.

    • Correct – The House starts the impeachment process with the equivalent of an indictment. Not being a court of law though, “indictment” would be an incorrect term. Hence, impeachment. Slightly confusing to many.

  • (Murkowski was asked by reporters on Wednesday if it appeared the president had learned any lessons since being impeached.

    “Well, there haven’t been very strong indicators this week that he has,” Murkowski said.)

    Looks like “FrankenDaughter” is the one who hasn’t learned any lessons, nor will she!!

  • And just what “lesson” was the President supposed to learn from the insane impeachment attempt? Don’t trust Democrats? Lesson already learned.

  • We’ve really got to get her out of office before she can do more harm to our nation and Alaska…..

  • None of the frothing libs ever protest outside of Sullivan’s office trying to change his mind on any decisions. We need to get real conservatives in office at the fed and state levels. Enough is enough.

    • Most reasonable people are able to change their minds when the facts change. Then there is Sullivan.

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