US Senate passes resolution limiting president's military power

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Democrats and Republicans in U.S. Senate have no disagreements regarding further aid to Ukraine following President Donald Trump's acquittal of impeachable charges, that's according to a bipartisan group of senators who are now on a visit to Ukraine.

Eight Republicans joined Democrats to pass a resolution that would require Trump to remove US troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorization for the use of military force.

But much like an earlier attempt by Congress to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's devastating offensive in Yemen, Trump is almost certain to issue a veto, with lawmakers lacking the two-thirds majority to overturn it.

"It is rather necessary for our Nation's SECURITY that the USA Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Decision", he tweeted.

Kaine has said that the resolution would not prevent the president from taking action to defend USA troops in harm's way or to take defensive action against an imminent threat. Eight Republican senators also voted to pass the measure. "We don't send a message of weakness when we stand up for the rule of law", announced Lee. He said measures like the Kaine resolution will clarify that it is Congress's responsibility to debate and declare war. Overriding the president's veto would require a two-thirds supermajority in the House and Senate. "But", said Parsi, "it shows that a majority reject [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo's war of choice and that is a powerful constraint on Trump". "No one agrees that we should proceed with war with Iran", Republican Senator Jim Risch said ahead of the vote on the Senate floor on Thursday.

"The United States, frankly, has been involved in too many wars in the last twenty years".

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But those efforts gained renewed energy following a January 8 intelligence briefing that congressional Democrats and two Republican senators said did not sufficiently inform Congress of the administration's strategy in the Middle East.

Kaine won their support for the resolution along with votes from Republicans Susan Collins, Todd Young and Jerry Moran to attain the majority needed to pass the legislation.

The second bill repealed the 2002 Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) resolution that has been broadly used by presidents of both parties to justify USA military actions overseas.

It may take longer than a week for the president to come around, however. It also defends American aggression in case of an imminent threat.

The document orders that trump terminated the participation of all American troops in operations against Iran within 30 days if he does not get the approval of Congress for military action.

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