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Democrats say measure to rein in Trump on Iran will pass Senate

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By Patricia Zengerle

U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had enough votes in the Republican-controlled Senate to pass a resolution curbing President Donald Trump's ability to wage war on Iran without congressional approval, which would be a rebuke of the president after he ordered a strike that killed an Iranian commander in Iraq.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Tim Kaine, the measure's sponsor, said they had at least 51 votes for a joint resolution that would require Trump to seek congressional authorization for military action against Iran.

To become law, the measure must pass the House of Representatives and either be signed by Trump, or garner a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress in order to override his veto.

Many members of Congress, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have been pushing the administration for more information about the killing this month of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad's airport.

Trump did not inform Congress about the strike until after it took place and then, according to many lawmakers, his administration kept back too much information about the reason for the strike or the legal justification.

Criticism grew as Trump and his top officials have offered shifting justifications for the drone strike. Trump himself fueled controversy by saying on Twitter that "it doesn't really matter" whether Soleimani posed an imminent threat.

Kaine said four Republicans - Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Susan Collins and Todd Young - had agree to support the war powers resolution he introduced on Jan. 3.

In a statement, Collins said Kaine's resolution would let Trump respond to aggression from a hostile nation or repel an attack. "It simply makes clear that only the Legislative Branch may declare war or commit our armed forces to a sustained military conflict with Iran," she said.

Senate leaders are working out the timing of a Senate vote, likely next week, which is complicated by Trump's Senate impeachment trial starting within days.

The House passed legislation known as a concurrent resolution last week, which called for an end to military action against Iran unless Trump obtained Congress' approval.

As a concurrent resolution, that measure would not have needed Trump's signature. But it could not garner enough support in the Senate to pass. There also were legal questions over whether it would have been binding.

Republicans hold 53 seats in the 100-member Senate.

Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, threatened earlier on Tuesday to subpoena Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if he does not provide more information about Iran policy.

Engel also said he would send a letter on Tuesday to Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mike Esper seeking information about the strike, which took place in Iraq.

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It’s shameful to see the Democrats taking Iran’s fascist government’s side in this dispute.

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pushing the administration for more information

This will be a refrain heard throughout Trump's tenure as he and his minions continue to distort and hide information to protect themselves and their financial backers around the globe. Trump, counter to his claims (i.e. more lies) to transparency is running the most secretive and distrustful administration in US history. What all is Trump hiding. Who, besides himself and his family, around the globe is he protecting. Corrupt human. Corrupt businessman. Corrupt politician.

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This is redundant. The President already needs congressional permission to wage war. I don't remember Trump declaring war on Iran or such congressional scrutiny and hogtying when Obama took out a slew of terrorist.

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@clas68etalIt’s shameful to see the Democrats taking Iran’s fascist government’s side in this dispute.

The above quote an example of telling a big lie, something the global alt right learnt from their Italian/German heroes in the 1930s.

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Limiting Trump's erratic behavior with oversight is a good thing. But at the end of the day he can just lie again about an "imminent threat.". It's his nature to lie.

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I don't remember Trump declaring war on Iran or such congressional scrutiny and hogtying when Obama took out a slew of terrorist.

Assassinating a government official is essentially a declaration of war. Whether or not you agree with Obama's actions, they targeted non-state actors. Big difference.

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If they don't have 2/3 in both houses of congress this is like farting into the wind. But they are on the record.

No US President can declare war. That is reserved for the US Senate in the Constitution.

OTOH, I'm confused how anyone in the modern world would side with any country who has a mandatory dress code for 51% of the citizens and visitors.

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Assassinating a government official is essentially a declaration of war.

No it's not. Stop pushing the democratic media machine's narrative. Never once has Trump declared war on Iran. In fact, he's done the opposite. This Trump hate is out of control.

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Not to worry, Trump would just veto it, done and if Congress tries to override that, it probably won’t happen, they would never be able to get the votes. So either way, Trump has the last word on this.

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This Trump hate is out of control

Or perhaps it's a response to his corrupt regime. His constant distortions and lies have made him distrustful, especially to those who think a leader should be honest. And who think that a leader should be a good communicator. And that a leader shouldn't encourage foreign governments to meddle in US politics. And that the president shouldn't try to overreach his authority, that he should respect the balance and separations of powers. And that a leader shouldn't attack other branches of government. And that a leader shouldn't be so thin skinned that he attacks media outlets that question him - while the outlets report what he'd said verbatim. And that nepotism is flat wrong. And that a leader shouldn't hide his tax info while he's in office. And that a leader shouldn't use his office for his own financial benefit. (see Trump golf courses). Among many others.

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Oooooh! I know of another way to limit Trump's powers with regard to war with Iran, and limit his powers on everything.....the Senate could do their constitutional duty and REMOVE him from office after the House sends the articles tomorrow.

Trump's actions at his club at Maralago alerted members that he was going to strike Iran. Defense stocks surged before the attack.

Just a coincidence?

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Just trying to tie his hands. He won’t sign it of course and they will never get 2/3 majority so another Dem waste of time.

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blacklabanother Dem waste of time.

Perhaps to those who support Trump's ongoing attacks on the Constitution's balance and separation of power, i.e. those Republicans who want to further undermine the republic. As long as Congress abides by the Constitution, more power to them. Why is Republican McConnell blocking legislation sent from the House?

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Or perhaps it's a response to his corrupt regime. His constant distortions and lies have made him distrustful,

The people distrust of media and Congress as a whole far less than they do the President.

especially to those who think a leader should be honest.

Trump is brutally honest, I agree sometimes he embellishes things a bit and goes a little bit over the top, but generally speaking he’s been more honest than most presidents in my lifetime

And who think that a leader should be a good communicator. And that a leader shouldn't encourage foreign governments to meddle in US politics.

we stop with the Russia stupid narrative, Russia has been interfering in our politics for over 80 years, nothing new here and to be fair we have done the same, ask Hillary, she’ll tell you.

And that the president shouldn't try to overreach his authority, that he should respect the balance and separations of powers.

Liberals and Democrats can’t even remotely touch that issue, that’ll just be a serious losing argument for them.

And that a leader shouldn't attack other branches of government.

The House is attacking the Senate now as we speak!

And that a leader shouldn't be so thin skinned that he attacks media outlets that question him - while the outlets report what he'd said verbatim. And that nepotism is flat wrong. And that a leader shouldn't hide his tax info while he's in office. And that a leader shouldn't use his office for his own financial benefit. (see Trump golf courses). Among many others.

Obama was thin skinned as well, he didn’t talk as much but he put his anger into actions and if nepotism is wrong, then Democrats should be upset with the Biden’s, they should be upset with the Clinton’s, they should be upset with the Bush’s and they should be upset with the Kennedy’s. As long as the Democrats continue to whine like little babies over the things that the president does and keeps the focus squarely on him and then never going to win any election, and I personally hope that they don’t stop, I want the country to see how Out of touch these people really are.

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U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had enough votes in the Republican-controlled Senate to pass a resolution curbing President Donald Trump's ability to wage war on Iran without congressional approval, which would be a rebuke of the president after he ordered a strike that killed an Iranian commander in Iraq.

Can we all say "Losing".... Some of the Repubs are growing their spines back and realizing that the only "imminent threat" sits on the White Hose commode and tweets out doctored photos at 3:00 AM.

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The people distrust of media and Congress as a whole far less than they do the President.

Wild off the cuff opinion without substance.

Trump is brutally honest, I agree sometimes he embellishes things a bit and goes a little bit over the top, but generally speaking he’s been more honest than most presidents in my lifetime

Then Trump has spoken more than 15,000 lies since taking office and many more fact checks reveal a catalog of errors from him. He's the president No1 Billy Liar. The other day he even claimed he had helped to find a cure for cancer.

we stop with the Russia stupid narrative, Russia has been interfering in our politics for over 80 years, nothing new here and to be fair we have done the same, ask Hillary, she’ll tell you.

So you admit Russia meddles in elections but because it's been going on for 80 years no need to deal with it?

Trump has little respect for the Three Pillars of Government except when it suits his needs.

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Why is Republican McConnell blocking legislation sent from the House?

Because we have the Senate and the Presidency and we dont want most things that a Democrat controlled House of Representatives wants.

You know, these equal branches of government you guys like to talk about.

We have 2 of them, plus the Supreme Court, you only have 1. Therefore what we say goes at least 2:1

Dont like it, win an election.

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Why is Republican McConnell blocking legislation sent from the House?

Because we have the Senate and the Presidency and we dont want most things that a Democrat controlled House of Representatives wants.

You know, things like fairness, honesty, and national unity...

You know, these equal branches of government you guys like to talk about.

That's also outlined in the Constitution - which we Trumpers are trying to overturn...Trump the Imperious!

We have 2 of them, plus the Supreme Court, you only have 1. Therefore what we say goes at least 2:1

See it's all black and white - and you only have to use two parts of your brain...

Dont like it, win an election.

You know, do like us - collude with a foreign authoritarian government...

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blacklabel: Dont like it, win an election.

Like winning the Presidency?

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a resolution curbing President Donald Trump's ability to wage war on Iran without congressional approval, which would be a rebuke of the president after he ordered a strike that killed an Iranian commander in Iraq

Why are the Democrats so upset about the killing of the world's number one terrorist who was responsible for the deaths and maiming of thousands of Americans and others?

blacklabel: Dont like it, win an election.

Like winning the Presidency?

Lessee, who do the Dems have... Sleepy Joe Biden... elderly socialist Bernie Sanders who's never held a real job that actually contributes money to the government in his entire life, Elizabeth Warren who lied about her ethnicity for decades and lies now about not raising taxes on the middle class to fund the $40-$50 trillion Medicare For All which will never be passed anyway... Mayor Pete who needs to fix South Bend before running for president and has a problem with killing the world's number one terrorist... Bloomberg... Yang... Hillary if she jumps in... Good grief! Gonna be mighty difficult, SuperLib!

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a resolution curbing President Donald Trump's ability to wage war on Iran without congressional approval, which would be a rebuke of the president after he ordered a strike that killed an Iranian commander in Iraq

Why are the Democrats so upset about the killing of the world's number one terrorist who was responsible for the deaths and maiming of thousands of Americans and others?

Why aren't Trumpers outraged that they were lied to when Donnie promised to "end endless wars" and "bring the troops home"? Oh that's right, that doesn't happen in a cult....

blacklabel: Dont like it, win an election.

Like winning the Presidency?

Lessee, who do the Dems have... Sleepy Joe Biden... elderly socialist Bernie Sanders

And who are the Repubs going to nominate? Pious Pence? Portly Pompeo? Mr RINO Romney?

Maybe Donnie could try to run from Rikers Island...

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And who are the Repubs going to nominate? 

Trump in 2020, and possibly Pence, Don Jr, Nikki Haley or Ivanka in 2024.

Maybe Donnie could try to run from Rikers Island...

He can't try to run from somewhere he's never going to be. Unless he's there to visit Hillary or Brennan or Schiff or...

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And who are the Repubs going to nominate? 

Trump in 2020, and possibly Pence, Don Jr, Nikki Haley or Ivanka in 2024.

Pence and Don Jr are going down along with Trump on the QPQ - they were part of those Sondland said were "in the loop"... Ivanka? Sure, she has experience - selling handbags at Macy's... Haley is already auditioning - even she knows Donnie is toast...

Maybe Donnie could try to run from Rikers Island...

He can't try to run from somewhere he's never going to be. Unless he's there to visit Hillary or Brennan or Schiff or...

Sure, they ain't there and won't be. On the other hand, Manafort, Gates, Cohen, Stone, and soon Perry, Rudy and Flynn will all be there - just call them the Trump Rikers Island 4D chess team....

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Pence and Don Jr are going down along with Trump 

President Pelosi! Yea! The country is saved!

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