In a retaliatory move, Iran fired dozens of ballistic missiles at a major us military base in Iraq on January 8. A vote was delayed by the impeachment trial of Trump, which under Senate rules had to take precedence over any other legislative action.
"Well, then why are a good number of Republicans supporting it?"
"With passage of this resolution, we sent a powerful message that we don't support starting a war with Iran unless Congress votes that military action is necessary", Kaine said in a statement after the vote. He should veto it with 55 pens, and send one to each of the Senators who voted for it, to remind them of what they tried to do at a moment when our president, and the Iranian people, needed solidarity. He said measures like the Kaine resolution will clarify that it is Congress's responsibility to debate and declare war. But there are enough differences between the Senate's version and the House's that it must pass that chamber again before it can be sent to Trump's desk.
"The United States, frankly, has been involved in too many wars in the last twenty years".
In January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged Soleimani was a awful person, while stressing the importance of congressional debate over war powers.
Senators Johnson, Murphy, and Barrasso stress the need for continued reform in Ukraine.
Asked if he'd support Trump's reelection campaign, Manchin said he wouldn't say no.
Ironically, by purporting to restrain the president from military action against Iran, Congress may therefore have increased the risk of war. It specifies that the president can still act to defend against "imminent attack".
"For almost two decades, Congress has been AWOL on certain matters of national security and attempted to pass the buck to our commander in chief when things go wrong", said Young, a conservative who served as a US Marine and who usually sides with Trump.
While Trump and Manchin have forged a relationship before, the president has ridiculed him on Twitter as "Munchkin" since his impeachment vote.
The administration said the killing, which occurred in Iraq, was covered under previous authorizations for the use of military force that Congress passed after the September 11, 2001, attacks.