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McConnell Urges Senators to Oppose Effort to Constrain Trumps Iran War Powers

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants other senators to join him in voting against a resolution that would make President Donald Trump end any military efforts against Iran within 30 days.

The binding resolution, sponsored by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was the vice president candidate on Hillary Clintons ticket in 2016, is expected to be voted on this week.

“I will strongly oppose our colleagues effort and urge the Senate to defeat it,” McConnell said from the Senate floor in Washington on Feb. 11.

The measure would “severely limit the U.S. militarys operational flexibility to defend itself against the threats posed by Iran,” the senator said.

Kaines resolution was introduced after Trump ordered an airstrike to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in late December 2019. McConnell praised the strike as “successful,” saying it was “limited yet decisive” and took out “the mastermind responsible for more American casualties than anyone else alive.”

“This was not some reckless act,” he said.

Soleimani, 62, commanded the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, which is designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization. Military officials have also said Soleimani was responsible for causing numerous American injuries and deaths.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani
Gen. Qassem Soleimani
The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 14, 2013. (Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) speaks at the senate subcommittee hearing on The China Challenge, Part 3: Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, on Dec. 4, 2018. (Jennifer Zeng/The Epoch Times)

While some Democrats cheered Soleimanis death, many disagreed with the presidents decision to order the strike, including a number of presidential candidates. The Democratic-controlled House last month passed two bills aimed to curb Trumps war powers, with some Republican members voting for the measures and some Democrats opposing them. The House also passed a non-bindingRead More – Source

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