8 Repub­li­cans sup­port bill to limit Trump’s war pow­ers

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Deirdre Sh­es­green

WASH­ING­TON – Eight Se­nate Repub­li­cans broke with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day – join­ing all the cham­ber’s Democrats to sup­port leg­is­la­tion that would re­strict the pres­i­dent’s abil­ity to wage war with Iran.

The 55-45 vote marked a rare bipartisan ef­fort to curb Trump’s pow­ers and un­der­scored law­mak­ers’ con­cerns that U.S. ten­sions with Iran could es­ca­late into a full-fledged war.

Democrats said Congress had to act to rein in an un­pre­dictable pres­i­dent, ar­gu­ing Trump brought the United States to the brink of war with Iran when he green-lighted a deadly strike targeting Tehran’s most pow­er­ful mil­i­tary leader, Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

“I fear that the pres­i­dent’s er­ratic de­ci­sion-mak­ing, his lack of strat­egy, his in­abil­ity to con­trol his im­pulses may bum­ble us into a war … even if he doesn’t in­tend it,” Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said dur­ing Thurs­day’s de­bate.

Most of the Se­nate’s 53 Repub­li­cans voted against the mea­sure, which would di­rect the pres­i­dent to ter­mi­nate the use of U.S. mil­i­tary force en­gaged in “hos­til­i­ties against Iran” un­less ex­plic­itly au­tho­rized by Congress.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thurs­day that she would bring the Se­nate mea­sure up for a House vote this month. Even if it passes the House, Trump is al­most cer­tain to veto it. There’s lit­tle chance that pro­po­nents of the mea­sure could get the two-thirds House and Se­nate su­per­ma­jor­ity needed to override a veto.

The eight Repub­li­cans who voted “yes” on the res­o­lu­tion were: Sens. La­mar Alexan­der of Ten­nessee, Bill Cas­sidy of Louisiana, Su­san Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Ken­tucky, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Todd Young of In­di­ana.

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