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Senate To Vote on Senator Tim Kaine’s Ammendment To Restore War Authority to Congress

A vote in the Senate is expected tomorrow(Friday) on an amendment to the military authorization bill that would prohibit President Trump from engaging in war with Iran, without the approval of Congress.
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A vote in the Senate is expected tomorrow (Friday) on an amendment to the military authorization bill that would prohibit President Trump from engaging in war with Iran, without the approval of Congress. Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says President Trump brought us to within ten minute of war with Iran, which he says would be a colossal mistake. “I am the author of a bipartisan amendment, that would state what should be a very simple proposition that the President cannot go to war against Iran, except in self-defense, without first coming to Congress and seeking authorization.” He says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to bring his amendment to a vote. “And we will see whether people stand up for the constitutional proposition that it is Congress that declares war and we don’t go to war just based on the whim of this, or any president.” Senator Kaine has fought for it before, but he believes the Iranian crisis now gives it a better chance of passage.

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