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 SchumerJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight Federal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that the chamber will have to vote on a resolution limiting President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE's ability to take military action against Iran. 

Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, noted that Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Twitter says Trump violates rules with 'shooting' threat 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." 


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 UdallKey races to watch in Tuesday's primaries DHS watchdog to investigate COVID-19 cases in ICE detention facilities Hispanic Caucus makes major ad buy for New Mexico Democratic candidate for House MORE (D-N.M.), which needed 60 votes to be added to a mammoth defense bill. GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE (Maine), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US GOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate MORE (Utah), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranMemorial Day during COVID-19: How to aid our country's veterans Pass the Primary Care Enhancement Act Hillicon Valley: Facebook permanently shifting thousands of jobs to remote work | Congressional action on driverless cars hits speed bump during pandemic | Republicans grill TikTok over data privacy concerns MORE (Kan.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond senator tests positive for coronavirus antibodies Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks Tim Kaine tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (Ky.) voted for it.

In addition to a war powers resolution, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Khanna calls for internet 'fairness doctrine' in response to controversial Trump tweets Khanna: Coronavirus has 'accelerated' the need for rural broadband 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.


A quartet of top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHouse, Senate panels to question ousted State Dept. inspector general on Wednesday: report National security adviser says foreign powers trying to exploit US race relations Britain and Europe need to step up their support for Hong Kong MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperPentagon orders active-duty police units on ready to deploy to Minneapolis: AP Overnight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries No time to be selling arms to the Philippines MORE, are scheduled to brief the House and Senate on Iran separately on Wednesday. 

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) MenendezGovernment watchdog: 'No evidence' Pompeo violated Hatch Act with Kansas trips No time to be selling arms to the Philippines Senate panel approves Trump nominee under investigation 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic For city parks: Pass the Great American Outdoors Act now 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.