Senate expected to pass measure curbing Trump's war powers

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Tom Cotton - that Democrats described as a poison pill - could draw enough support to pass and possibly make it hard for the underlying bipartisan War Powers Resolution to maintain majority support.

Trump is expected to veto the measure, arguing it would be risky to limit his war-making power. He said on February 12 it is "very important" the Senate not approve the measure, claiming its passage would "show weakness" to Iran.

The vote came as the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, Major General Hossein Salami, said in a live speech to mark the 40th day since the death of top commander Qasem Soleimani that Iran is ready to strike the United States and Israel if they give it any reason to do so.

No president has been impeached twice, but at least one Democratic lawmaker - and a disaffected Republican - have suggested more impeachment articles could be in Trump's future following new controversies this week. "Don't let it happen!" The case was then moved to the Republican majority Senate to determine whether or not to remove Trump from office.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) echoed Kaine's sentiments and claimed the resolution does not make the USA appear weak.

The House has signaled it could pass the Senate version of the war powers resolution. At the start of the impeachment trial, my colleagues and I took another oath, swearing to do impartial justice, which I took very seriously throughout the process.

Early on, the legislation garnered three Republican co-sponsors: Sens. The result is that the Republicans who control the Senate "basically have surrendered their power" to President Trump, says Cohen.

They point to Trump's veto past year of a resolution to end military support of Saudi-led forces in Yemen.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has opposed the resolution, arguing it "would severely limit the USA military's operational flexibility to defend itself against threats posed by Iran". The first bill limits funding for overseas military action if the president has not sought congressional approval for his or her actions. "And as part of that we want to make sure that any military action that needs to be authorized is in fact properly authorized by Congress".

Trump has also publicly encouraged the Justice Department to punish former FBI officials who were involved in the Russian Federation investigation. Fox News host Laura Ingraham described him as "a US national security official, who is advising Ukraine while working inside the White House, apparently against the president's interest". "'An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote".

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the Hope for Prisoners Graduation Ceremony at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Headquarters, where he will discuss his Administration's efforts to provide previously-incarcerated Americans with second chances.

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