Schumer: Senate must vote on resolution limiting Trump on Iran

Schumer: Senate must vote on resolution limiting Trump on Iran
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer Sanders blasts Trump for picking 'completely unqualified' Pence for coronavirus response Trump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that the chamber will have to vote on a resolution limiting President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE's ability to take military action against Iran. 

Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, noted that Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Republicans give Barr vote of confidence The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (D-Va.) had introduced a war powers resolution that would require Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from hostilities against Iran within 30 days without congressional signoff.

"That resolution will be privileged, so it will have to come to the floor," Schumer said. "My colleagues, we're going to vote on it." 

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The resolution was introduced last week after Trump sparked a fierce debate on Capitol Hill over his war powers in the wake of an airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was in Iraq. 

The House is set to vote on a similar resolution this week. Kaine can force a vote on the Senate floor 10 days after his resolution was introduced. Both need a simple majority to make it to Trump's desk, where they would likely face a veto. 

The Senate voted 50-40 in June on a similar measure from Kaine and Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain Murkowski, Manchin introduce major energy legislation Overnight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions MORE (D-N.M.), which needed 60 votes to be added to a mammoth defense bill. GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump on US coronavirus risks: 'We're very, very ready for this' GOP, Democrats hash out 2020 strategy at dueling retreats Chamber looks to support Democratic allies in 2020 MORE (Maine), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders top target at CPAC Trump upends controversial surveillance fight Former impeachment managers clash over surveillance bill MORE (Utah), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' The 8 Republicans who voted to curb Trump's Iran war powers MORE (Kan.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — Federal court rules tech giants can censor content | Trump upends surveillance fight | Senate passes bill barring federal funds for Huawei equipment Trump upends controversial surveillance fight Former impeachment managers clash over surveillance bill MORE (Ky.) voted for it.

In addition to a war powers resolution, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaKhanna introduces bill to add a third gender option on US passports Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Democrats call for Twitter, Facebook to take down Pelosi video posted by Trump MORE (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would block funding for any offensive military force in or against Iran without prior congressional authorization.

"I am supportive of both Sen. Kaine and Sen. Sanders’s efforts, and I urge the Senate to consider both in the coming days," Schumer added on Monday.

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Democrats have lashed out at the airstrike, arguing Trump sidestepped getting authorization from Congress and questioning the administration's claim that it was in response to an immediate threat. Schumer and Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMenendez calls for 'Marie Yovanovitch bill' to protect foreign service employees Senators condemn UN 'blacklisting' of US companies in Israeli settlements Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (D-N.J.) are asking the administration to declassify a notification sent over the weekend to Congress. 

"It is critical that national security matters of such importance, war and peace, the possibility of another, 'endless war in the Middle East,' that knowledge of the actions and justification should be shared with the American people in a timely manner. It's Americans who will be asked to pay for such a war if it occurs," Schumer said. 

It's unlikely Congress will successfully check Trump's war authorities. Two-thirds in both chambers would be needed to overcome a potential veto. 

And most GOP senators have lined up behind the airstrike. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain Lawmakers race to pass emergency coronavirus funding Trump upends controversial surveillance fight MORE (R-Ky.) lashed out at Democrats for criticizing Trump on the issue.

"In this toxic political environment, some of our colleagues rushed to blame our own government before even knowing the facts, rushed to split hairs about intelligence before being briefed on it, and rushed to downplay Soleimani's evil while presenting our own president as the villain," McConnell said on Monday.