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 SchumerChuck SchumerMeadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Senators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that the chamber will have to vote on a resolution limiting President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE's ability to take military action against Iran. 

Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, noted that Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineUSAID appointee alleges 'rampant anti-Christian sentiment' at agency Frustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Pompeo defers to Justice on question of Trump election tweet 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 UdallGOP lawmaker says he will oppose any attempts to delay election Trump raises idea of delaying election Cook Political Report shifts several Senate races toward Democrats MORE (D-N.M.), which needed 60 votes to be added to a mammoth defense bill. GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE (Maine), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTea Party rises up against McConnell's trillion relief plan Hillicon Valley: Twitter bans thousands of QAnon accounts | Bipartisan support grows for election funds in Senate stimulus bill | Senate committee advances bill to ban TikTok from federal devices Senators demand answers on expired surveillance programs MORE (Utah), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranTrump tests GOP loyalty with election tweet and stimulus strategy VOA visa decision could hobble Venezuela coverage As ADA anniversary nears, lawmakers express concern about changes to captioned telephone service MORE (Kan.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMultiple lawmakers self-quarantine after exposure to Gohmert Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19 Republican senators revolt over coronavirus proposal MORE (Ky.) voted for it.

In addition to a war powers resolution, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Trump Spanish-language ad equates progressives, socialists Biden's tax plan may not add up MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Biden VP possible next week; Meadows says relief talks 'miles apart' Google's work from home extension could be a boon for rural America Sanders, Khanna introduce bill to produce face masks for all Americans 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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A quartet of top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Top House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing Democrats subpoena top aides to Pompeo MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Embattled Pentagon policy nominee withdraws, gets appointment to deputy policy job | Marines, sailor killed in California training accident identified | Governors call for extension of funding for Guard's coronavirus response Democrats demand Esper explicitly ban Confederate flag and allow Pride, Native Nations flags Trump's revenge — pulling troops from Germany — will be costly 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) MenendezVOA visa decision could hobble Venezuela coverage Bottom line Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads 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 McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations 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.