Res­o­lu­tion aims to limit Trump on Iran

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - BY MATTHEW DALY

Sen. Tim Kaine says he has bi­par­ti­san sup­port in move as­sert­ing that Trump must seek ap­proval for mil­i­tary ac­tion.

WASH­ING­TON — Demo­cratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Vir­ginia said Tues­day that he has at least 51 votes to sup­port a bi­par­ti­san res­o­lu­tion as­sert­ing that Pres­i­dent Donald Trump must seek ap­proval from Congress be­fore en­gag­ing in fur­ther mil­i­tary ac­tion against Iran.

Kaine said the Se­nate could vote as soon as next week on the mea­sure, which is co-spon­sored by

Re­pub­li­can Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Ken­tucky. GOP Sens. Todd Young of In­di­ana and Su­san Collins of Maine said Tues­day that they will sup­port it.

The bi­par­ti­san res­o­lu­tion “clearly states that Amer­ica can al­ways de­fend it­self,” against at­tack from Iran or any other coun­try, Kaine said, “but we don’t think that this pres­i­dent — or any pres­i­dent — should send our troops into war with­out a vote of Congress.”

Kaine has long pushed for con­gres­sional ac­tion re­assert­ing con­gres­sional power to de­clare war, but he said Tues­day he has re­ceived re­newed sup­port af­ter the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion killed Iran’s top gen­eral ear­lier this month. Tehran re­sponded to the U.S. at­tack by launch­ing mis­siles at two mil­i­tary bases in Iraq that house Amer­i­can troops. No se­ri­ous ca­su­al­ties were re­ported.

Kaine said he has re­moved, at Repub­li­cans’ re­quest, lan­guage that tar­geted Trump. In­stead the mea­sure is a gen­eral state­ment declar­ing that Congress has the sole power to de­clare war and di­rect­ing the pres­i­dent to ter­mi­nate use of mil­i­tary force against Iran or any part of its govern­ment with­out ap­proval from Congress.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell op­poses the res­o­lu­tion, say­ing it would send the wrong mes­sage to U.S. al­lies.

The Demo­cratic-con­trolled House passed a sep­a­rate res­o­lu­tion last week.

JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AP

Sen. Tim Kaine ad­dresses the me­dia Tues­day. Kaine said he has at least 51 votes to sup­port a bi­par­ti­san res­o­lu­tion.

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