Senator Tim Kaine announced Democrats have the 51 Senate Votes to pass the war powers resolution, intended to limit President Trump’s future military actions in Iran.
At least 4 Republicans have sided with Democrats on the resolution including key swing Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) Todd Young (R-Ind.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (Kentucky.)
It’s likely that in a final vote, more Republican Senators may join the resolution.
Per TheHill, Kaine said McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are “talking through” the timing of taking up his resolution, but he expressed hope the Senate would be able to take up the measure and conduct the trial simultaneously.
“It’s widely understood that we will be doing other stuff during impeachment,” Kaine said. “The nice thing is leader McConnell and [Sen. John] Cornyn [R-Texas] and Schumer have all said we’re going to be taking up the Kaine war powers resolution soon.”
Axios reports Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said Tuesday that he’s secured the 51 Senate votes needed to pass a revised version of his war powers resolution, which would require President Trump to seek approval from Congress before taking further military action against Iran, per the AP.
Why it matters: The bipartisan resolution, which has the backing of Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), illustrates the degree to which the Trump administration’s actions against Iran have tested the president’s Republican allies.
The big picture: The House already passed a separate war powers resolution last week, but its version did not have the force of law. Republicans who support curbing Trump’s military powers criticized House Democrats for not putting forth a binding resolution that would go to the president’s desk for a signature.
“This is a statement of the Congress of the United States,” Speaker Pelosi said at the time. “I will not have that statement diminished by having the president veto it or not.”
The Senate resolution would likely be passed by the House and vetoed by the president. It’s unlikely that either chamber would have the two-thirds majority necessary to override the veto.