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.