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Tue Jun 25, 2019, 06:33 PM

McConnell opens door to vote on Iran war authorization

Source: The Hill


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said heís willing to vote on a controversial amendment that would require Congress to approve any military action against Iran, but warned colleagues it could signal disunity in Washington to a foreign adversary.

McConnell said heís open to voting on a bipartisan amendment sponsored by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) that would block funding for military action against Iran without prior congressional approval.

The legislation also has support from Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah).

Democrats feared that McConnell would try to bypass a debate on Iran by voting as soon as Wednesday to cut off debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would be the vehicle for the Iran amendment.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/450285-mcconnell-opens-door-to-vote-on-iran-war-authorization

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 06:34 PM

1. Another warmonger

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 06:35 PM

2. Its pure showboating as he knows that the Repugnants would not provide enough

votes to override a veto.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 06:36 PM

3. "... it could signal disunity in Washington to a foreign adversary."

Is he kidding? Does he think there's a foreign adversary that doesn't know we're divided?

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Response to Jim__ (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 06:54 PM

4. I'll tell you what else our adversaries know.

They know we don't have any allies anymore.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 07:30 PM

5. gonna schedule the vote while the dems are live in their debates? nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 08:00 PM

6. The fact that McConnell gets a special yea/nay on every bit of legislation is an outrage.

Why is a single Senator from Kentucky allowed a personal velvet-rope firewall on what bills can or cannot be voted on? He has created a power bottleneck that lets him nullify the will and representation of citizens who cannot vote for or against him.

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Response to forgotmylogin (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 10:03 PM

9. On the heart of the matter I totally agree.

But the rules were the same when the Democratic Party ruled the Senate.

And if we manage to take it in 2020 Schumer will have the same power.

The Senate by design and make-up is not and never has been a democratic institution.

Not defending that fact. Just stating it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 08:43 PM

7. Great - it's only their Constitutional responsibility

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 09:30 PM

8. The reason we are still operating under a defunct war authorization is...

No one wants their name associated with another call to Middle Eastern war. Congress has happily shirked their responsibility to avoid of the anger of their voters. Donít expect them to find any moral courage now...

Do yourself a favor and invest in Boeing, General Dynamics, and Raytheon. The war drums are beating louder every day.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 11:17 AM

10. What made McConnell decide to let this come to a vote?

Did Rand Paul talk him into it? Is he getting some pressure back home in Kentucky?

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