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Senate rebukes Trump; votes to limit Iran war-making ability

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By Patricia Zengerle

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran, rebuking him weeks after a strike against an Iranian military commander and Tehran's retaliation raised fears of broader regional conflict.

Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorization for the use of military force.

Trump has promised a veto, and there is not expected to be enough support to muster the two-thirds Senate supermajority to override. Fifty-three of the 100 senators are Republicans, who rarely break with the president.

Senators voted nearly along party lines a week ago to acquit Trump of impeachment charges, after an investigation and trial that underscored Washington's bitter partisan divides.

Opponents said the resolution's passage sent the wrong message.

"We need to send a message of firmness, and not weakness," said Senator Jim Risch, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, author of the resolution, said the vote showed strength and reflected the importance of Congress weighing in on any decision to deploy troops.

Even if the Senate cannot override a veto, Kaine said the resolution's backers hoped it would influence Trump when it came to future military action, adding that the president cared about what the public thinks, if not the Senate.

"The bill getting to his desk is an indication that we're listening to our constituents, and we're telling him blundering into another war would be a bad idea," Kaine told a news conference after the vote.

The bill's supporters noted that they were gaining more support for efforts to take back Congress' authority to declare war. The Constitution gives that power to Congress, not the president, but presidents from both parties in recent decades have expanded the White House's authority to pursue military action without legislators' input.

Republican Senator Todd Young, who voted for the resolution, said it should not have been necessary, but Congress had for years "attempted to pass the buck" to the president when decisions about military action had to be made.

"It's time to do our job," Young said in a statement explaining his vote that also praised Trump's leadership.

In June, another resolution that would have required Trump to get Congress' permission before striking Iran failed in the Senate.

Congress in July failed to override Trump's veto of legislation opposing the president's declaration of an emergency to allow the sale of billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite lawmakers objections.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last month passed a war powers resolution similar to the one the Senate approved on Thursday, also by less than a two-thirds supermajority. But there are enough differences between the Senate's version and the House's that it must pass that chamber again before it can be sent to Trump's desk.

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Some Republican senators seem to be regrowing their backbones.

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Some Republican senators seem to be regrowing their backbones.

Doesn't matter - they already sold their souls.

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Thank God the President has his veto powers.

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Thank God the President has his veto powers.

Let's leave it to this most stable of all geniuses to decide military action on His own. His generals are all stupid, and Congress is clearly in the hands of far-left weak-kneed socialists.

All hail Trump! We serve at thy pleasure, O Lord!

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Veto. But thanks for the advice

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Trump should own it.

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Trump is under enormous pressure to start a war with Iran and North Korea and keep troops in the Middle East indefinitely from the Deep State which comprises liberals and conservatives.

Stay strong, Mr. President.

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Stay strong, Mr. President.

Resist the temptation to adhere to the principles of a liberal democracy and its separation of powers!

Stay strong!

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Trump should own it

Behold the power of Veto!

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Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45.

Gee, what's the matter Mitch, losing control of your caucus?

Moscow Mitch is in trouble, and his Marine fighter pilot Dem challenger is going to send a Sidewinder up his backside this Nov...

Dump Trump/Pitch Pence/Ditch Mitch 2020!

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Gee, what's the matter Mitch, losing control of your caucus?

NO, they love Trump, but we get the check and balances, but at least the President can override them if he so chooses.

Moscow Mitch is in trouble, and his Marine fighter pilot Dem challenger is going to send a Sidewinder up his backside this Nov...

Like the way, Mueller will lock Trump up or as you said, he will be impeached and thrown out or Hillary will beat him. Your predictions are too funny. Lol

All wrong, all the time.

Dump Trump/Pitch Pence/Ditch Mitch 2020!

Will never happen.

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Behold the power of Veto!

Exactly. President "all is well" Trump will own it. Fine with me.

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NO, they love Trump, but we get the check and balances, but at least the President can override them if he so chooses.

If the President can ignore them, they're not checks or balances.

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Gee, what's the matter Mitch, losing control of your caucus?

NO, they love Trump, but we get the check and balances, but at least the President can override them if he so chooses.

"Love" Trump? You think these Repubs love him? You need to get back to reality...I'm sure Cruz loves him after he said his father was involved in the JFK assassination. And "Little Marco" sure loves him. And Romney just loves perverts...

Moscow Mitch is in trouble, and his Marine fighter pilot Dem challenger is going to send a Sidewinder up his backside this Nov...

Like the way, Mueller will lock Trump up or as you said, he will be impeached and thrown out or Hillary will beat him. Your predictions are too funny. Lol

All wrong, all the time.

Those are your predictions, not mine. And he's definitely headed to jail - who's signature is on that Stormy payoff check in black Sharpie?

Dump Trump/Pitch Pence/Ditch Mitch 2020!

Will never happen.

You mean like Bolton never turning on Trump? Sure...

So, is Barr a "Backstabber"? How about Bannon? Tell us your opinion...

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Exactly. President "all is well" Trump will own it. Fine with me.

Taking ownership of things is not Donny’s strong point unless he’s trying to take ownership of things Obama did that benefit our country under Donny.

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Looks like some of the GOP senators have started thinking about their future!!!

Donny will be gone by next year and looks like they have started escaping Donny's swamp!!!

Things don't look too good for the 'Carnival Barking Clown'.

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NO, they love Trump, but we get the check and balances, but at least the President can override them if he so chooses.

I get the sense that you like checks and balances when it comes to presidents you don’t like. It’s a bit like your claim to be a fiscal conservative - you hate ( used to hate? ) the idea of governments piling on debt unless it is paying for something you like.

You are not very consistent on principles.

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NO, they love Trump

Hmm, Trump had better grow eyes in the back of his head 'cos Machiavelli Mitch ain't planning to let his political career go down with Trump on his sinking ship. He's probably already working out a Plan B and getting his Republican lifeboat ready. If a second impeachment hits, he'll jump ship for sure.

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Resist the temptation to adhere to the principles of a liberal democracy 

We're a republic.

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@serrano We're a republic.

I'm not sure which nation 'we' refers to, and I know you've stated you don't trust the US government, but this link - from the US government - says the US republic is a 'representative democracy'.

To check Google: "Democracy in the United States - USCIS"

If you don't trust Google, use Yandex to see how the Kremlin describes the US system of government. I know many Trump supporters believe Russia and not the US.

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Hmm, Trump had better grow eyes in the back of his head 'cos Machiavelli Mitch ain't planning to let his political career go down with Trump on his sinking ship. He's probably already working out a Plan B and getting his Republican lifeboat ready. If a second impeachment hits, he'll jump ship for sure.

Indeed, the "Snake" likely does have a fall-back plan, and my guess it involves Nikki Haley, who has to be one of the shrewdest and most ambitious politicians out there.

And as a Democrat, she'd be a formidable Presidential candidate...

That's why you won't see her dissing Donnie - until he's disgraced and tossed out of the WH.

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Its amusing that both houses of congress are attempting to limiting Trumps powers to start wars when he has been the least war mongering President, the Bushes and Obama were more likely to start or support wars.

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Exactly. President "all is well" Trump will own it. Fine with me.

Oh, most definitely. Lol

Looks like some of the GOP senators have started thinking about their future!!!

No, because they know the President can veto any measure they throw at him on this issue.

Donny will be gone by next year and looks like they have started escaping Donny's swamp!!!

Really? How? Not by Warren, Pete, Biden, Bloomberg and definitely not Sanders, the only thing that the Democrats can do is hope and pray that 2020 for that they’ll have a chance at maybe winning a democrat nomination, but as of now it doesn’t look like it’s happening. Even the smartest Democrats on the Hill know this.

Things don't look too good for the 'Carnival Barking Clown'.

Sanders should hand in the towel. Yeah, the Socialist vs the Capitalist. Lol!!

Even Democrats don’t want a socialist.

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