8 Republican Senators Help Democrats Handcuff President Trump
Eight Senate Republicans broke with the President on Thursday joining Democrats in handcuffing the President.
The vote was 55-45 and the rare bipartisan cooperation will restrict the president’s ability to fight Iran.
Democrats said that Congress had to act to “rein” in an unpredictable president claiming that President Trump brought the USA to the brink of war when he decided and successfully eliminated 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 53 Republicans voted against the measure that would require President Trump to terminate the use of US military force engaged in “hostilities against Iran” unless authorized by Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she will bring the Senate’s resolution up for a vote this month, however, President Trump will be able to veto it.
“It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness.”
The Republicans responsible for this was Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah (what the heck is happening in Utah), Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Jerry Moran of Kansas.
Despite eight Republicans crossing over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was strongly against it.
“This was not some reckless act. It was a calculated and limited response to a significant, growing threat of attack against U.S. personnel in Iraq by an emboldened adversary,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
What’s more interesting is that Senator Todd Young originally praised President Trump for eliminating Gen. Soleimani.
President Trump has threatened to veto the bill and hopefully, he does.