Senate Actually Passes War Powers Resolution

A rare measure of bipartisanship resulted in the US Senate passing a War Powers Resolution on Thursday, in spite of Trump’s disapproval and likelihood to veto the resolution.

The president warned the Senate on Wednesday not to pass the measure.

The vote was 55-45. Eight Republicans voted in favor of it: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Jerry Moran of Kansas.

The resolution was primarily sponsored by Tim Kaine (D-VA), but was cosponsored by Republican Senators Lee, Collins, and Paul.

Kaine argued Wednesday that the resolution is “not directed toward President Trump, it would apply equally to any President,” adding, “It’s fundamentally about Congress owning up to and taking responsibility for the most significant decision that we should ever have to make.”

The resolution “directs the President to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military, unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force against Iran.”

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