Sen. McConnell urges Senate against passing War Powers Resolution

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks to reporters following a GOP strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 1:55 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning against limiting the president’s war powers. On Wednesday, McConnell called Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) War Powers Resolution “blunt and clumsy.”

He went on to say the legislation “severely limits” the White House’s power to mitigate threats from Iran.

On Wednesday, the upper chamber voted to advance the resolution in a 51 to 45 vote. McConnell stood firm, comparing the resolution to the Democrats’ impeachment efforts.

“The collateral institutional damage of this action would fall on our military, its ability to operate quickly and adaptively, and emerging threats would be jeopardized. Like impeachment, this War Powers Resolution cuts short that interplay between the branches, it short circuits the deliberation and debate. It is (a) dangerously overbroad resolution that should not pass Congress, that is certain to be vetoed if it does.”

– Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

The Senate is scheduled to hold a full vote on the measure this Thursday, but appears to lack the two-thirds majority needed to override an expected veto by the president.

President Donald Trump speaks during an “Evangelicals for Trump Coalition Launch” at King Jesus International Ministry, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

In a series of tweets, President Trump criticized the resolution, saying the motion would greatly embolden Iranian aggression in the Middle East going forward. He said the resolution was designed to tie his hands and “embarrass the Republican Party,” but would actually protect Iran and reveal America’s weaknesses.

Democrats drafted the legislation after President Trump green-lit the killing of a top Iranian general last month.

“We just took out the world’s top terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, ending his evil reign of terror forever,” stated the president. “The fact is America is respected again, been a long time.”

He added that a vast majority of Americans supported his decision to take out the general.

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