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 KaineBipartisan senators introduce bill to make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program Overnight Defense: National Guard chief negative in third coronavirus test | Pentagon IG probing Navy's coronavirus response | Democrats blast use of Russia deterrence funds on border wall Overnight Defense: Navy secretary nominee: Service in 'rough waters' after 'failure of leadership'| Senate fails to override Trump's Iran war powers veto| Top Armed Services Republican expects to address Pentagon border wall funds in defense policy bill MORE (D-Va.) said he is making changes to his resolution that would limit President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE's ability to take military action against Iran as he tries to pick up more Republican support.

 
"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) 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 (R-Kan.) voted for a similar amendment that Kaine and Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallDHS watchdog to investigate COVID-19 cases in ICE detention facilities Hispanic Caucus makes major ad buy for New Mexico Democratic candidate for House Senate votes to reauthorize intel programs with added legal protections 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."