Kaine revises Trump Iran war resolution as he courts GOP support

Kaine revises Trump Iran war resolution as he courts GOP support
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe 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' Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students MORE (D-Va.) said he is making changes to his resolution that would limit President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE's ability to take military action against Iran as he tries to pick up more Republican support.

Kaine has been talking with GOP senators, including a half-hour meeting with Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe new American center Democratic Senate campaign arm raised more than .5 million in January On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump MORE (R-Maine), in an effort to secure the 51 votes needed for the resolution to initially pass the Senate.
 
"Republicans are giving us some good suggestions ... so we're in the process of trying to develop a managers package that would get more people on board," Kaine said Thursday.
 
Kaine's resolution would force Trump to remove troops from hostilities against Iran within 30 days unless the activity is meant to respond to an "imminent" threat. Democrats will be able to bring Kaine's resolution to the floor as soon as Tuesday morning, where he'll need 51 votes to get it through the chamber.
 
 
Kaine, in his war powers resolution, said he is removing two paragraphs in the "findings" section of his measure that directly mention Trump. 
 
"I don't criticize the president ... but I've had from these two Republicans but also a Democrat or two say 'hey this is really about any president. This is not about President Trump.' I said 'good point.' They ask that we drop it, those two paragraphs, so I'm going to drop those two paragraphs," Kaine said.
 
He added that he's also making "really technical changes" to help clarify the intent of the resolution.
 
In addition to Paul and Lee, Collins and 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 (R-Kan.) voted for a similar amendment that Kaine and Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallButtigieg expands on climate plan with new proposals Climate change a rising concern for Western voters, poll finds Greenpeace says many plastics are not actually recyclable MORE (D-N.M.) offered to the National Defense Authorization Act. The proposal fell short at the time because it needed 60 votes to be added to the mammoth defense policy bill.
 
Collins said on Thursday that she had a meeting with Kaine on Wednesday to discuss the resolution.
 
"The language is not yet final, and we discussed some of the issues. Until Sen. Kaine decides on his final language, I cannot determine whether or not I will support it," she said.
 
Moran has also said he is undecided on Kaine's resolution. 
 
Kaine said he is also talking to a broader group of Republican colleagues, including lawmakers on the Foreign Relations Committee and those who supported ending U.S. backing for Saudi Arabia's military activities in Yemen.
 
 
Asked on Thursday if he thought the changes he was making were enough to win over Young and Collins, which would give him 51 votes, Kaine demurred. 
 
"I think they view them positively. Whether they're enough you know we're still in dialogue," Kaine said. "But they've given us some changes, some of which we've made."