Kaine says he has votes to pass Iraq War repeal in Senate

Kaine says he has votes to pass Iraq War repeal in Senate
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - What do Manchin and Sinema want? MORE (D-Va.) said on Wednesday that he has enough GOP support to get a repeal of Iraq War authorizations through the Senate. 

“We think we have 11 who have either co-sponsored or voted for it or told the press they’re going to vote for it,” Kaine said.

Kaine added that more Republicans could sign on as they actively try to build support within the broader Senate GOP caucus.


Kaine’s comments come after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced legislation from him and Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungHow to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) Senate Democrats try to defuse GOP budget drama The 19 GOP senators who voted for the T infrastructure bill MORE (R-Ind.) that would repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF), which are both related to wars in Iraq. 

Three GOP senators voted for it in committee: Young, Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname Centrist state lawmaker enters Ohio GOP Senate primary Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes MORE (Ohio) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWhite House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken Rand Paul: 'Hatred for Trump' blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment MORE (Ky.).

GOP Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGraham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book Economy adds just 235K jobs in August as delta hammers growth Lawmakers flooded with calls for help on Afghanistan exit MORE (Utah), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration MORE (Alaska), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation Woman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing MORE (Iowa) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranIt's time for Congress to act before slow mail turns into no mail Kaine says he has votes to pass Iraq War repeal in Senate Seven-figure ad campaign urges GOP to support infrastructure bill MORE (Kan.) are also formal co-sponsors, but not on the Foreign Relations Committee. 

In order to pass the Senate, the bill would need the support of at least 10 GOP senators if every Democratic senator voted "yes." 

Kaine said that he expects to have every member of the Democratic caucus agree.


“Based on earlier votes and what folks have said to me, yes, I think we’ll all 50,” Kaine said, asked about support within the Democratic caucus. 

The likelihood that there’s enough support to break a legislative filibuster and pass the bill in the Senate would be a significant boost to Congress’s long-stalled efforts to try to claw back some of their war authority. 

In June, the House voted to repeal the 2002 and 1991 AUMFs, as well as a 1957 resolution that provided broad authorization for military action in the Middle East to protect against “armed aggression from any country controlled by international communism.”

Schumer has vowed that he will give the 2002 repeal a vote on the Senate floor this year. 

That could be as a stand-alone vote or an amendment to a massive defense policy bill. Kaine predicted that a stand-alone vote was more likely but that it wouldn’t happen until at least September.

“I intend to bring the repeal up for a vote on the Senate floor later this year. Members should be on notice; we're going to vote on this,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.