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Kaine revises Trump Iran war resolution as he courts GOP support

Kaine revises Trump Iran war resolution as he courts GOP support
© Greg Nash

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence MORE (D-Va.) said he is making changes to his resolution that would limit President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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 CollinsCollins urges Biden to revisit order on US-Canada border limits Media circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden Why the 'Never-Trumpers' flopped 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.
 
So far two Republicans — Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements Haaland on drilling lease moratorium: 'It's not going to be a permanent thing' Overnight Health Care: US surpasses half a million COVID deaths | House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill | Johnson & Johnson ready to provide doses for 20M Americans by end of March MORE (Utah) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees Rand Paul criticized for questioning of transgender health nominee Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE (Ky.) — have said they will support the measure. Lee noted that Kaine had agreed to make changes that helped win over his support.
 
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) MoranGraham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy MORE (R-Kan.) voted for a similar amendment that Kaine and Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland courts moderates during tense confirmation hearing | GOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change | White House urges passage of House public lands package Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee 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."