Sen. Tim Kaine says that he has enough Republican votes to pass a revised version of a resolution to limit Donald Trump’s military power in connection with Iran.
On Tuesday, Kaine announced that the resolution has the backing of Republican Senators Todd Young of Indiana and Susan Collins of Maine. Kaine now has the four GOP votes to pass the resolution. Kaine’s resolution already had the backing of Sen. Mike Lee and Rand Paul.
“I expect to vote for — if offered the opportunity — the amended Kaine resolution,” Young said on Tuesday. “It’s important that Congress at this time affirm our Article I responsibilities, so long as we don’t undermine the president’s Article II responsibilities, that’s all the Kaine resolution says.”
Also on Tuesday, Collins stated that Congress couldn’t be sidelined on important decisions.
“The Kaine resolution would continue to allow the President to respond to emergencies created by aggression from any hostile nation, including Iran, and to repel an imminent attack by Iran or its proxy forces,” Collins said in a statement. “It simply makes clear that only the Legislative Branch may declare war or commit our armed forces to a sustained military conflict with Iran.”
Last week both Lee and Paul made it clear that they would support the resolution after some of its language was changed.
Last week, Kaine filed a revised version of his resolution. It is expected that he will force a vote sometime next week. However, Trump’s impeachment trial could affect when the vote takes place.
On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that the Senate needs to work out the impeachment trial timing, but that the “resolution is the right way to go and has the support of all 47 Democrats.”
The House passed a similar resolution last week.