Archiv: US Senate (Congress chamber)


23.07.2021 - 18:34 [ Common Dreams ]

‚A Huge Outrage‘: Senate Panel Approves $25 Billion Pentagon Budget Increase

The Senate Armed Services Committee agreed Thursday to add $25 billion to President Joe Biden’s already massive $715 billion Pentagon spending request, a move that prompted immediate outrage from progressive activists who have been demanding cuts to the bloated U.S. military budget.

22.07.2021 - 06:37 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Senators Introduce Legislation to Curb Endless US Wars, Lethal Arms Sales

(20.07.2021)

The measure would also sunset 180 days after enactment all existing AUMFs, including the 2001 AUMF passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks and upon which every consecutive administration has leaned to justify military actions in regions around the world.

Instead of the current default approval of arms sales barring a passage of a resolution of disapproval by veto-proof majorities of the House and Senate, the proposal directs Congress to proactively approve certain sales topping $14 million including those of air to ground munitions.

22.07.2021 - 06:25 [ Politico.com ]

GOP senators fight to preserve Biden’s war powers amid tensions with Iran

(13.07.2021)

It’s a strange dynamic for members of Congress, who have long seen presidents of both parties expand and sometimes abuse their war powers even after campaigning on ending conflicts in the Middle East. Nearly 20 years after the horrors of Sept. 11, GOP lawmakers are now in the awkward position of fighting to maintain a Democratic president’s authority to conduct military operations without congressional approval.

29.06.2021 - 11:44 [ AFSC / Twitter ]

Yesterday @POTUS launched airstrikes in #Iraq & #Syria. We are devastated that the U.S. continues to use militarized approaches that will further destabilize the region. The Senate must vote to repeal the 2002 #AUMF. Call your reps via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

28.06.2021 - 12:10 [ DefenseNews.com ]

Iraq AUMF repeal vote delayed until mid-July

(25.06.2021)

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to take up a bipartisan measure to repeal the 2002 and 1991 war authorizations for Iraq in mid-July, the panel’s chairman confirmed Thursday.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said he is working with the Biden administration to schedule a classified briefing…

26.06.2021 - 12:50 [ justsecurity.org ]

Five Senators Threaten to Derail Repeal of 2002 AUMF: Why Their Timing and Claims Are So Wrong

Following the House’s passage – on a broadly bipartisan basis – of legislation to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (2002 AUMF), five members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (a minority of the minority) are seeking to delay its companion bill’s movement out of committee and onto the Senate floor.

22.06.2021 - 14:57 [ theHill.com ]

Senate panel delays war authorization repeal after GOP push

The delay comes after five GOP senators asked for a public hearing with the secretaries of Defense and State as well as a classified briefing with those departments and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence before the panel votes on repealing 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF).

22.06.2021 - 14:55 [ 953mnc.com ]

Reaction after U.S. House votes to terminate 2002 Authorization For Use Of Military Force

(21.06.2021)

Now, Sen. Todd Young of Indiana is one of 11 GOP senators on Capitol Hill who support ending the 2002 AUMF.

“We let our warfighters in the future know that the American people are with them every time there is a military engagement,” Young told MSNBC. “As opposed to leaving, as one of my colleagues characterized as, a zombie authorization on the book that may be used to engage in a war that was never authorized or intended by Congress.”

17.06.2021 - 18:11 [ Rep. Barbara Lee / Twitter ]

BREAKING: My bill to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF passed the House. After nearly 20 years of fighting for this, we’re finally one step closer to ending forever wars.

17.06.2021 - 18:01 [ NPR.org ]

In Historic, Bipartisan Move, House Votes To Repeal 2002 Iraq War Powers Resolution

„It’s been such a long time coming,“ Lee said ahead of Thursday’s vote. „It’s Congress‘ responsibility to authorize the use of force, and that authorization cannot be blank checks that stay as authorizations for any administration to use the way they see fit.“

Lee’s legislation has drawn growing bipartisan support. Her repeal of the 2002 authority, which was issued Oct. 16 of that year, has more than 130 cosponsors now.

27.02.2021 - 09:01 [ USA Today ]

House passes Joe Biden’s COVID relief bill with $1,400 stimulus checks, legislation heads to Senate

The bill, known as the American Rescue Plan, passed 219-212. No Republicans voted for it, and two Democrats voted against it: Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Jared Golden, D-Maine.

The measure now heads to the Senate where it faces a rocky path in the evenly divided chamber.

27.02.2021 - 08:03 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Should Be Easier to Raise Minimum Wage Than to Drop Bombs on Syria‘: Progressives Fume at Biden

„We assassinate people by drone strike and have a literal prison colony in Guantanamo but where we draw the line is ignoring the Senate parliamentarian when [she] says no to a minimum wage hike.“

27.02.2021 - 07:58 [ NPR.org ]

Senate Can’t Vote On $15 Minimum Wage, Parliamentarian Rules

The decision is a disappointment for progressives but relieves immediate pressure on Democratic Party leaders who are attempting to rally support for the overall bill despite concerns from at least two Democrats who say $15 is too high.

24.02.2021 - 11:35 [ Yahoo.com ]

SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, CrowdStrike defend actions in major hack – U.S. Senate hearing

Lawmakers started the hearing by criticizing Amazon representatives, who they said were invited to testify and whose servers were used to launch the cyberattack, for declining to attend the hearing.

14.02.2021 - 13:08 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joe Biden on the Senate Vote in the Trial of Donald Trump

This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.

That is how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation. That is the task ahead. And it’s a task we must undertake together. As the United States of Americ

27.01.2021 - 00:32 [ theHill.com ]

Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional

The Senate sent a strong signal Tuesday that there are not nearly enough votes to convict President Trump in an impeachment trial when only five GOP senators rejected an effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to declare the looming trial unconstitutional.

21.01.2021 - 09:39 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority

Newly minted Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Georgia Sens. Jon Ossoff (D) and Raphael Warnock (D), who defeated Sens. David Perdue (R.) and Kelly Loeffler (R.) in Georgia’s runoff elections on Jan. 5.

Harris also swore in her successor as California senator, former California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who will hold the seat through the scheduled end of Harris’s term in 2022.

21.01.2021 - 09:35 [ theHill.com ]

Senate confirms Biden’s intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official

Senators voted 84-10 to confirm Haines, who appears to be the only Cabinet official Biden will get confirmed on the first day of his administration.

14.01.2021 - 18:36 [ NPR.org ]

House Votes To Impeach Trump, But Senate Trial Unlikely Before Biden’s Inauguration

The House of Representatives has impeached President Trump for the second time in 13 months — making him the only president to have received the rebuke twice. Despite the historic nature of a twice-impeached, one-term president, it is extremely unlikely that Trump will be removed from office through impeachment, as the Senate will not reconvene until Jan. 19 — the day before President-elect Joe Biden is to be inaugurated.

12.01.2021 - 21:07 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

“My first thought was that the Iranians had followed through on their threat to strike the Capitol” -an actual US senator

11.01.2021 - 19:11 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats file impeachment article accusing Trump of inciting attack on Capitol

A trio of House Democrats close to leadership on Monday introduced a single article of impeachment against President Trump, charging him with inciting a mob of his supporters to carry out a violent attack on the Capitol in a bid to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory.

06.01.2021 - 21:37 [ Washington Examiner / Twitter ]

A protester is sitting in the chair of the presiding officer of the Senate.

06.01.2021 - 20:58 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Watch McConnell side against Trump in Senate speech

Speaking in the US Senate following an objection to the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned about Congress overruling the voters saying it would „damage our Republic forever.“

06.01.2021 - 20:52 [ theHill.com ]

LIVE COVERAGE: GOP objects to Arizona; McConnell rebukes efforts to overturn Electoral College

Congress convenes Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a joint session to record the Electoral College votes from November’s presidential election.

Follow along with our live coverage.

06.01.2021 - 13:02 [ theHill.com ]

Warnock win puts Democrats within reach of Senate majority

The race between Perdue and Ossoff is much closer, with the candidates separated by about 3,000 votes and taking turns in the lead throughout the night.

06.01.2021 - 12:54 [ theHill.com ]

Warnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff

Neither Loeffler nor Warnock reached the 50 percent threshold needed to win the general election in November, sending the race into a runoff. Warnock, who benefited from then-Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) running in the nonpartisan blanket primary alongside Loeffler, garnered roughly 33 percent of the vote at that time. Loeffler brought in around 26 percent.

02.01.2021 - 06:00 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Streit über Verteidigungsetat: Kongress kippt erstmals Trump-Veto

Das Gesetzespaket zum Verteidigungshaushalt umfasst mehr als 4500 Seiten und sieht ein Budget von rund 740 Milliarden Dollar (611 Milliarden Euro) vor

02.01.2021 - 05:54 [ ]

Congress overrides Trump’s veto and passes the National Defense Authorization Act

The House voted in favor of the override on Dec. 28 by a vote of 322-87. Following the Senate’s vote, the NDAA will be enacted into law. Two-thirds majorities are needed in the House and Senate to overturn a presidential veto.

02.01.2021 - 05:52 [ NPR.org ]

Senate Overrides Trump’s NDAA Veto

The Senate on Friday overrode President Trump’s veto for the first time. Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to finalize the National Defense Authorization Act despite the president’s objection to it.

30.12.2020 - 17:51 [ Newsweek ]

Ohio Senator Brown Joins Sanders in Delaying Senate Holiday Over $2K Stimulus Checks

Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown said Tuesday that he would push for a Senate vote on $2,000 stimulus checks by joining Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s filibuster on the Senate floor.

30.12.2020 - 02:38 [ Bernie Sanders, US Senator / Twitter ]

This is about life and death for millions of people. The Senate must approve the $2000 for every working class adult.

30.12.2020 - 02:23 [ PBS.org ]

Bernie Sanders on the battle to increase stimulus payments

Efforts to increase stimulus payments to $2,000 were blocked in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, while Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put forth a new bill. Sen. Bernie Sanders was one of those making the case for higher stimulus payments. He joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.

30.12.2020 - 02:18 [ Deadline.com ]

Mitch McConnell Ties $2,000 Covid-19 Relief Checks To Repeal Of Section 230; Democrats Call It A “Poison Pill”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced a bill that ties $2,000-per-person Covid-19 relief checks to a repeal of Section 230, the provision of a 1996 law that protects social media platforms from liability for the way that they moderate third party content.

In doing so, McConnell has likely added a “poison pill” to the effort to increase the Covid-19 relief payments from the current $600.

30.12.2020 - 02:12 [ NPR.org ]

McConnell Blocks Senate Vote On $2,000 Direct Payments

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a proposal to vote on the House bill on $2,000 direct payments. Also, the Senate will vote Wednesday to override President Trump’s veto of the NDAA.

29.12.2020 - 10:50 [ Newsweek ]

Donald Trump Presses Senate On $2,000 Stimulus Checks, Says People ‚Have Suffered Enough‘

Trump responded to comments that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) could filibuster a move to override the president’s veto of the defense funding bill unless a vote is held on the $2,000 checks.

Replying to details of this potential move, Trump wrote on Twitter: „Give the people $2000, not $600. They have suffered enough!“

29.12.2020 - 10:49 [ Xahoo.com ]

Bernie Sanders hopes to force Senate vote on $2,000 stimulus checks

Sanders, an independent from Vermont, made the comments after Democrats in the House – joined by 44 Republicans – voted to more than triple the $600 checks included in the coronavirus relief package signed by President Donald Trump over the weekend.

29.12.2020 - 07:12 [ Boston.com ]

Sens. Markey and Sanders to stall defense bill veto override vote in effort for $2,000 relief checks

Soon after Sanders’ announcement, Markey said he would join in on the filibuster.

“That relief passed in the House today with 44 Republicans voting for it,” Markey wrote on Twitter. “Senate Republicans must do the same and get the American people the help they need.”

29.12.2020 - 04:48 [ Bernie Sanders, US Senator / Twitter ]

This week on the Senate floor Mitch McConnell wants to vote to override Trump’s veto of the $740 billion defense funding bill and then head home for the New Year. I’m going to object until we get a vote on legislation to provide a $2,000 direct payment to the working class

29.12.2020 - 04:41 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders to slow down NDAA veto override in bid to get vote on $2K checks proposal

„This week on the Senate floor Mitch McConnell wants to vote to override Trump’s veto of the $740 billion defense funding bill and then head home for the New Year. I’m going to object until we get a vote on legislation to provide a $2,000 direct payment to the working class,“ Sanders tweeted.

28.12.2020 - 05:00 [ Inquisitr.com ]

Democratic Party Leader Warns Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Not To Primary Chuck Schumer

In an interview with The New York Post, Jacobs warned the congresswoman against launching a primary challenge against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Jacobs argued that a race between Ocasio-Cortez and Schumer would harm both candidates’ careers and described Schumer as a “progressive.”

26.12.2020 - 03:22 [ Marcy Winograd / Medium.com ]

Open Letter to President-Elect Biden & U.S. Senate from Torture Victims and their Advocates Opposed to Mike Morell for CIA and Avril Haines for National Intelligence.

(21.12.2020)

Morell has no place in a Biden-Harris administration. His nomination would send a chilling message to torture survivors and other victims of grave injustice that the United States government, including the Biden administration, does not uphold its own stated principles. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) from the Senate Intelligence Committee has said about Morell: “No torture apologist can be confirmed as CIA director. It’s a nonstarter.” We agree and urge the President-elect not to nominate Morell.

We also oppose Avril Haines, another toture apologist, as Director of National Intelligence. Since she has already been nominated, we ask Senators to oppose her confirmation.

26.12.2020 - 02:42 [ Salon.com ]

Torture report’s hidden fiasco: How Mark Udall revealed a little-noticed smoking gun

(December 11, 2014)

„The Panetta Review further describes how detainees provided intelligence prior to the use of torture against them. It describes how the CIA – contrary to its own representations – often tortured detainees before trying any other approach. It describes how the CIA tortured detainees even when less coercive methods were yielding intelligence. The Panetta Review further identifies cases in which the CIA used coercive techniques when it had no basis for determining whether a detainee had critical intelligence at all. In other words, CIA personnel tortured detainees to confirm they didn’t have intelligence – not because they thought they did.“

09.12.2020 - 12:52 [ Stripes.com ]

House passes $740 billion defense bill, Senate to vote in coming days with Trump veto looming

The House voted Tuesday to approve a $740.5 billion defense spending bill as the Senate prepares to vote on the same legislation that President Donald Trump has threatened to veto.

07.12.2020 - 19:12 [ theHill.com ]

Power struggle sparks tensions among Senate Democrats

Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), who was recently reelected as Democratic whip for the next Congress, immediately threw his hat into the ring to succeed her. Durbin is third in seniority among Democrats on the committee behind Feinstein and Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), who previously chaired the committee and is the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.

But the move drew grumblings because Durbin already holds the No. 2 position in the caucus and Democrats’ top spot on the Appropriations subcommittee for defense spending, an influential post that gives him sway over the Pentagon’s $700 billion budget.

25.11.2020 - 17:55 [ theHill.com ]

Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight

Other groups on the left were thinking about joining the call for Feinstein to step down but held off after Schumer’s office put out word that the Democratic leader was working on the situation, according to sources familiar with the haggling over Feinstein’s future.

24.11.2020 - 21:34 [ CharlieKirk.com ]

Schumer Flashback: „You Take On The Intelligence Community, They Have Six Ways From Sunday of Getting Back At You“

Sen. Schumer went on to say “he’s being really dumb to do this,” to which Maddow replied “what do you think the intelligence community will do”, Schumer says “I don’t know, but from what I am told that they are very upset by how he has treated them and talked about them.”

So in Schumer’s words, the intelligence community will get back at you if they do not like what you have said about them and they have the power to do it.

11.11.2020 - 10:32 [ theHill.com ]

Senate Republicans urge Trump to go all-in on Georgia

The party’s 2024 hopefuls are set to blanket the Peach State ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff elections, but GOP senators say they hope that Trump, who is locked in a myriad of legal challenges surrounding the presidential race, is able to lend his megaphone to help hold onto the Senate majority.

10.11.2020 - 11:43 [ Fox News ]

Live Updates: McConnell backs Trump legal fight in election results

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed the Trump campaign’s legal challenge of voting results in several battleground states on Monday in his first public comments on the floor since Election Day.

In his remarks, McConnell, R-Ky., said, “no states have yet certified their election results” and that recounts are already expected to occur in “at least one or two states.”

27.10.2020 - 03:15 [ CBS News ]

Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as newest Supreme Court justice

The Senate confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, just days before Election Day, solidifying the conservative majority on the court as it is set to consider several high-profile cases in the coming months. She was sworn in shortly thereafter by Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House.

25.10.2020 - 23:59 [ theHill.com ]

GOP clears key hurdle on Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, setting up Monday confirmation

Senators voted 51-48 to begin winding down debate on Barrett’s nomination. GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted with Democrats against moving forward.

A final vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court is expected to take place by Monday evening, roughly a month after President Trump announced his intention to nominate her to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

25.10.2020 - 23:54 [ Fox News ]

Democrats, trying everything, fail to derail Amy Coney Barrett confirmation

But Barrett is hurtling toward confirmation.

And there’s nothing Democrats can do about it.

25.10.2020 - 13:52 [ Paula Jean Swearengin, US Senate candidate / Twitter ]

We need Senators with the courage to fight for the Reclaim Act – a piece of legislation that would appropriate millions to revitalizing small towns all over the coal fields. The people of southern WV deserve a fighter, & I will never forget where I came from! #CoalMinersDaughter

25.10.2020 - 13:45 [ JonathanBWilliams, passionate Democratic Socialist / Twitter ]

I didn’t know anyone was running against @SenSchumer .

25.10.2020 - 13:44 [ Kate Tomasello (G) for Congress US Senate / Twitter ]

I know it’s kinda late, but you guys wanna give me a boost?

25.10.2020 - 13:42 [ Reverend Raphael Warnock, running for U.S. Senate / Twitter ]

You should be in control of how you access and use the Internet, not corporations. We need to re-establish net neutrality protections.

25.10.2020 - 13:28 [ WarnockForGeorgia.com ]

VOTE WARNOCK: Fighting for a better Georgia

Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. The family was short on money, but long on faith, love and humor. Raphael and his eleven brothers and sisters were taught the meaning of hard work.
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25.10.2020 - 13:24 [ theGuardian.com ]

US Senate elections: the key races that will determine power in Washington

While the world’s attention is on Donald Trump’s attempt to win re-election as president over challenger Joe Biden, the battle for the US Senate that will culminate on 3 November is equally dramatic.

Even if Biden defeats Trump, he will be unable to pass legislation on key issues such as healthcare, immigration and climate change unless the Democrats simultaneously seize the Senate, where the Republicans now have a 47-53 majority.

23.10.2020 - 02:16 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

EXCLUSIVE: Bernie Sanders Pressed On Opposition To White House Stimulus Offer

Sen. Bernie Sanders gives his thoughts on the latest stimulus negotiations and shares his concerns with the proposal being floated by the Trump Administration.

23.10.2020 - 02:07 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders: Democrats will pass ‚massive stimulus bill‘ if party flips the Senate

“If the Democrats gain control of the Senate, the first order of business will be a massive stimulus bill to protect desperate working people throughout this country,” Sanders said on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

The remarks come as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin press on in their negotiations on COVID-19 aid. Pelosi has stuck to her position that a stimulus package must total at least $2.2 trillion, while the administration has inched up to $1.8 trillion.

19.10.2020 - 04:42 [ Jen Perelman / Twitter ]

Paula Jean Swearengin is grassroots funded. Senator Capito is corporate funded. I support Paula Jean bc #IStandWithWV & hope you will too!

13.10.2020 - 06:33 [ CNN ]

5 takeaways from Monday’s Senate hearing on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

The first day of confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett featured plenty of fiery speeches — many of them aimed at next month’s presidential election rather than the nominee herself.

12.10.2020 - 11:10 [ CBS Evening News / Youtube ]

Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing to begin

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear opening statements regarding Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court beginning Monday morning, kicking off several days of testimony by President Trump’s pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Nancy Cordes has the latest.

06.10.2020 - 19:05 [ Fox News ]

Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearing to begin Oct. 12 as Senate ramps up COVID precautions

Republicans are hopeful that they can get Barrett confirmed to the high court before Election Day.

06.10.2020 - 18:50 [ The Herald-Dispatch / Twitter ]

Six years ago, Shelley Moore Capito became the first woman elected to represent West Virginia in the United States Senate. Now she is engaged in a re-election battle against Paula Jean Swearingen of Wyoming County.

06.10.2020 - 18:49 [ Paula Jean Swearengin / actblue.com ]

Paula Jean Swearengin for U.S. Senate

I’m a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter. I’m not a millionaire. I’m regular-working West Virginian who knows what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck and fight to put food on the table for my children. I’ve seen first hand what struggle and poverty means for me, for my neighbors and for our communities.

03.10.2020 - 12:44 [ Lindsey Graham, US Senator / Twitter ]

Talked to Senator Lee earlier today and wished him a speedy recovery. Look forward to welcoming him back to the @senjudiciary to proceed with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barret on October 12.

03.10.2020 - 12:33 [ USA Today ]

2 GOP senators test positive for COVID-19 after Trump; Democrats say it’s ‚premature‘ to move forward with Barrett confirmation hearings

Despite the concerns, Senate Republican leaders say they want to move ahead with confirmation hearings for Barrett, which are slated to begin Oct. 12. Both Lee and Tillis are members of the 22-member Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold the hearings and ultimately decide whether his confirmation will move forward for a vote in the full Senate.

03.10.2020 - 12:14 [ New York Times ]

Positive Tests for Senators Raise Questions About Timing of Barrett Hearings

Two Republican senators on the pivotal Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending White House events last week announcing Mr. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, throwing the future of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings into question.

03.10.2020 - 12:13 [ New York Times ]

Trump’s Diagnosis Imperils Quick Supreme Court Confirmation Timeline

But by Friday evening, with the White House and Congress in turmoil and two Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, among those announcing they had tested positive for the virus, it was clear that the challenge had grown steeper.

Top Republicans insisted they would move ahead at an uncommonly swift pace to hold hearings on Judge Barrett’s nomination by Oct. 12, send her nomination to the full Senate by Oct. 22 and confirm her as soon as Oct. 26, eight days before Election Day — even if it meant breaking Senate norms and considering a lifetime judicial nomination by videoconference.

26.09.2020 - 17:28 [ theHill.com ]

Senate passes resolution reaffirming commitment to peaceful transition of power

The Senate passed a resolution on Thursday reaffirming its support for a peaceful transition of power, one day after President Trump refused to commit to such a transition next year if he loses in the November election.

The resolution, offered by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), passed by unanimous consent, meaning no senator objected to it.

26.09.2020 - 11:58 [ New York Times ]

Trump Selects Amy Coney Barrett to Fill Ginsburg’s Seat on the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the favorite candidate of conservatives, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day in a move that would significantly alter the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court for years.

26.09.2020 - 11:52 [ theHill.com ]

A game theorist’s advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat

I have worked for over 30 years in competitive strategy. I teach it to future business and policy leaders, diplomats, global development leaders and social entrepreneurs. I have been a leader of the competitive strategy practices in two influential global consulting firms, where I advised CEOs, boards and policy heads. My academic training is as a game theorist, the science of figuring out your next move while anticipating the competitor’s moves to follow. Despite these credentials, I have never been invited to advise Donald Trump on competitive strategy.

21.09.2020 - 09:26 [ Washington Post ]

Yes, expect fireworks. But we’ll get a Supreme Court confirmation.

History favors presidents filling such slots when their party controls the Senate. That Democrats are upset Trump gets to make another appointment to the court doesn’t change history or amend the Constitution.

20.09.2020 - 11:49 [ Fox News ]

Trump’s Supreme Court court pick likely to be Amy Coney Barrett or Barbara Lagoa: reports

The New Orleans native was appointed by Trump to the Seventh Circuit in 2017. She taught law at the University of Notre Dame for 15 years but had no other judicial background, according to the Washington Post.

She believes in originalism, the idea that judges should interpret the Constitution as the Founding Fathers intended.

19.09.2020 - 14:37 [ Bloomberg ]

Amy Coney Barrett Emerges as Front-Runner for Trump Court Pick

Amy Coney Barrett swiftly emerged as an early front-runner to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court among allies of President Donald Trump, who are preparing to press forward with a hotly contested nomination battle on the eve of an election.

Barrett, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge appointed by Trump, is on a list of potential high court nominees Trump updated earlier this month. She was also among the finalists Trump considered before selecting Brett Kavanaugh for the court in 2018.

19.09.2020 - 14:30 [ Fox News ]

Top contenders to fill vacant Supreme Court seat include Coney Barrett, Hardiman

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves vacant a crucial seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Based on reporting prior to her sudden death, here are some of the top contenders to fill that seat, should President Trump choose to nominate someone.

Each of these names is on Trump’s list of possible nominees, a list he has said he would rely on when making any selection.

19.09.2020 - 14:07 [ Washington Post ]

Ginsburg’s death jolts chaotic presidential race as both sides prepare for Supreme Court battle

An already chaotic and corrosive presidential campaign was jolted anew Friday night by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as a sudden vacancy on the Supreme Court just 46 days before the election immediately galvanized both political parties.

14.09.2020 - 15:04 [ theHill.com ]

This week: House returns for pre-election sprint

The House, set to reconvene on Monday, has only 12 working days before they are scheduled to leave Washington, D.C., again until after the election. The Senate is currently scheduled to be in for part of October, though senators have questioned, absent a last-minute COVID-19 bill, if they will stick to their full schedule.

11.08.2020 - 09:03 [ Mieke Eoyang / Twitter ]

None of the four Republican Senators old enough to remember Hiroshima voted in support of New START, the signature nuclear arms control agreement between the US and Russia. New START is up for renewal in the beginning of 2021, and the negotiations are taking place right now.

(06.08.2020)

09.08.2020 - 17:30 [ Rose Movement / Twitter ]

Y’all — @Bradshaw2020 , a progressive who supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, just won her Senate primary race in Tennessee. Her DSCC-backed opponent had raised $2.1M. Bradshaw raised $8,400. Don’t ever tell us that progressives can’t win in the South.

(07.08.2020)

09.08.2020 - 17:25 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Outraised 250-1, Progressive Marquita Bradshaw Upsets Establishment Opponent in Tennessee Primary for US Senate

(07.08.2020)

Despite being outraised 250-1 by her establishment-backed opponent, progressive environmentalist Marquita Bradshaw scored a stunning upset victory in the Tennessee Democratic primary for an open U.S. Senate seat on Thursday after running on a platform that included Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

25.07.2020 - 15:41 [ Consortium News ]

37 Senate Dems Join GOP to Approve $740 Billion War Budget

The House and Senate are now expected to reconcile their two versions of the NDAA; the House bill includes a 3 percent pay raise for troops and $3.6 billion to combat China.

23.06.2020 - 23:57 [ The Hill ]

GOP senator blocks bill to boost mail-in and early voting during pandemic

Blunt, who serves as chairman of the elections-focused Senate Rules Committee, blocked Klobuchar’s attempt to pass the bill in a Senate by unanimous consent due to concerns that it would federalize the election process.

19.06.2020 - 10:47 [ @TrumpWarRoom / Twitter ]

WATCH: @TomCottonAR explains how Twitter tried to censor his tweets with “shifting explanations.” “Twitter contacted me about posts I’d made about the rioting and the looting…and said ‘these are in violation of our policies and you have 30 minutes to delete them’.”

28.05.2020 - 22:18 [ CommonDreams.org ]

‚Just Let the Patriot Act Die You Cowards‘: House Lawmakers Urged to Vote Down Flawed Domestic Spy Bill

(27.05.2020)

As Common Dreams reported earlier, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff was a target of specific ire for his role in sabotaging the amendment which sought to strengthen the bill’s privacy protections and judicial oversight. As Gizmodo’s Dell Cameron remarked after the day’s developments, „Although it’s really been something of a mass delusion for a while, the idea that Democrats are somehow better than Republicans on the Fourth Amendment is, as of this week, nothing short of a joke.“

The fact that the GOP-controlled Senate has managed to pass more progressive privacy reforms than the Democratic majority in the House, which has introduced precisely none, should not go unnoticed,“ Cameron added.

26.05.2020 - 15:23 [ the Hill ]

This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House’s proxy voting

The bill initially passed the House in a 278-136 vote in March. But the Senate amended the measure to add more legal protections for certain individuals targeted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The changes forces it to be bounced back to the House, which will need to pass it a second time.

Under a deal struck with leadership, the House is expected to consider an amendment, brought by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), that would block law enforcement from being able to access web browsing data without a warrant.

25.05.2020 - 21:10 [ the Hill ]

Is a virtual Congress good enough for government work?

(17.05.2020)

The House Democrats’ plan to go virtual for committees and floor proceedings met fierce Republican insistence that Congress operate together in the Capitol when making important legislative decisions.

The Rules Committee spent more than six hours hearing from colleagues and considering over 30 amendments to a proposed new rule allowing the House to conduct floor votes through proxies designated by absent members, and to conduct virtual committee hearings and votes without proxies.

18.05.2020 - 19:26 [ Vox.com ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

(14.05.2020)

Many senators wanted to forbid the government from secretly collecting information about your internet habits, but an amendment failed by just one vote.

15.05.2020 - 16:00 [ The Hill / Twitter ]

Sen. @RandPaul : „The PATRIOT Act in the end is not patriotic.“

15.05.2020 - 15:53 [ Vox.com ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

The measure needed 60 votes to pass. It got 59.

The outcome is especially frustrating since four senators didn’t vote on the amendment at all, and at least one would have voted yes. Lamar Alexander couldn’t vote because he’s quarantined. Two others — Ben Sasse and Bernie Sanders — didn’t respond to request for comment on where they were during the vote. An aide told Politico that Patty Murray would have voted yes had she been there, but the senator was not in Washington, DC, when the vote occurred.

15.05.2020 - 12:37 [ NBC News ]

Burr turns over phone, Feinstein questioned by FBI in possible insider trading probe

The furor began after ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization, reported that Burr unloaded the stock around mid-February, about a week before the market started to plunge because of coronavirus concerns.

13.05.2020 - 09:22 [ FoxWilmington.com ]

Rand Paul, citing Flynn case, proposes FISA amendment to curb surveillance of Americans

Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday introduced an amendment to the House-passed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to protect Americans’ privacy, citing the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn as an example of “abuse” and saying it “should never be allowed to happen again.”

Paul, R-Ky., who is an outspoken advocate for privacy reforms, proposed an amendment to the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 – which passed the House on a bipartisan basis earlier this year – to protect Americans’ privacy, ensure due process and “reassert the Fourth Amendment.”

13.05.2020 - 09:08 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

POWERFUL CONFRONTATION: Rand Paul and Anthony Fauci’s contentious Coronavirus exchange

„As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end all. I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision,“ Paul said. „We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side saying there’s not going to be a surge, that we can safely reopen the economy, and the facts will bear this out.“

13.05.2020 - 09:06 [ CNN ]

Sen. Rand Paul tells Dr. Fauci he isn’t the ‚end all‘

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, defended his guidance to the federal government over how to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak, telling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that „I have never made myself out to be the ‚end-all'“ and warning against „cavalier“ thinking that children could be immune to the disease’s effects.

10.05.2020 - 16:53 [ the Hill ]

Senate revives surveillance brawl

The Senate is set to revive a fight over a shadowy surveillance court, bringing to a head a months-long stalemate that resulted in the lapse of three intelligence programs.

The looming debate, which will pit some of President Trump’s biggest allies against one another, comes on the heels of growing questions about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court after the Justice Department inspector general found widespread errors as part of an interim report on warrant applications.

10.05.2020 - 05:18 [ CNN ]

FDA commissioner and CDC director will testify remotely in Senate hearing

Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will testify by video conference at a Senate hearing about the coronavirus next week.

10.05.2020 - 04:59 [ the Hill ]

McConnell urges Senate to reject changes to House-passed surveillance bill

(07.05.2020)

Under a deal struck by Senate leadership, senators will vote on three amendments: One from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) preventing FISA warrants from being used against Americans, one from Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on appointing outside advisers, and one from Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to prevent law enforcement from obtaining internet browsing and search history without a warrant.

10.05.2020 - 04:51 [ Reason.com ]

FISA Surveillance and Possible Reforms Are Back on the Senate’s Agenda

(07.05.2020)

Next week the Senate is poised to resurrect some federal surveillance powers that expired in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. A handful of senators are hoping to force through reforms to better protect Americans‘ privacy.

10.05.2020 - 04:09 [ the Hill ]

FBI director in ‚hot seat‘ as GOP demands reforms

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Judiciary Committee with oversight of the FBI, noted that “we’ve got a problem at the FBI.”

“Clearly, we had some people, and maybe still have some people, that don’t understand the rule of law, and nothing’s been done,“ Kennedy said.

08.05.2020 - 03:00 [ Louisville Courier Journal ]

McConnell, Paul differ as Senate fails to override Trump’s veto of Iran war powers act

As many expected, the Republican-controlled Senate failed to get the two-thirds majority needed Thursday to overturn Trump’s seventh veto of his presidency, with 49 senators voting in favor of the override and 44 against it.

07.05.2020 - 02:31 [ The Hill ]

Senate to attempt to override Trump’s Iran war powers veto Thursday

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday that the chamber will hold a veto override vote at 1:30 p.m. It’s expected to fall short of the two-thirds support needed, effectively ending the attempt to nix Trump’s veto.

06.05.2020 - 14:20 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal Ball: Will McConnell’s corporatist bailouts lose him re-election?

Krystal Ball discusses Mitch McConnell’s priority to confirm as many conservative judges as he can, as the Senator slows coronavirus relief funds to small businesses.

22.04.2020 - 12:13 [ the Hill ]

GOP senator: ‚Unacceptable‘ that Congress is in recess amid coronavirus

A handful of senators are in the Capitol on Tuesday to pass a $484 billion coronavirus relief package that will provide more funding for hospitals, small businesses and testing. But the Capitol has been turned into a relative ghost town amid the break, with most lawmakers back in their home states and staff working remotely.

17.04.2020 - 11:26 [ Justin Amash, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Without one chamber participating in this improper scheme, this action would be unconstitutional. The president has no general, unilateral power to adjourn Congress.

He may do so only in the limited “Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment.”

17.04.2020 - 11:24 [ the Hill ]

Trump faces roadblocks with threat to adjourn Congress

The president’s power to adjourn Congress, enshrined in Article II of the Constitution, has never been used before by a president, setting an all-but-guaranteed court fight if Trump moved forward.

But legal experts say Trump doesn’t have the authority to adjourn Congress without cooperation from at least one chamber, and Senate Republicans poured cold water on the idea.

16.04.2020 - 02:27 [ The Star ]

Trump threatens to adjourn U.S. Congress

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to either force the U.S. Congress to formally adjourn, or return to the Capitol despite the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was frustrated lawmakers were not in Washington to confirm his nominees for federal judgeships and other government positions.

„The current practice of leaving town, while conducting phony pro forma sessions, is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis,“ an angry Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference.

13.04.2020 - 12:58 [ Chuck Grassley, US Senator ]

FBI Ignored Early Warnings that Debunked Anti-Trump Dossier was Russian Disinformation

WASHINGTON – The “central and essential” evidence used to justify invasive surveillance of an American citizen in the FBI’s probe into Russian interference was, itself, an example of Russian interference, according to once-secret footnotes declassified at the urging of two U.S. Senators. The footnotes, part of the Justice Department Inspector General’s postmortem of the FBI’s flawed operation to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, were released just hours after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) renewed their push for transparency. The senators expect a fuller declassification in the coming days.

(…)

“It’s ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed because of Russian disinformation. These footnotes confirm that there was a direct Russian disinformation campaign in 2016, and there were ties between Russian intelligence and a presidential campaign – the Clinton campaign, not Trump’s.”

The IG report detailed how the FBI’s application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Page relied heavily on an unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of Fusion GPS, which was conducting opposition research for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. According to Footnote 302, in October 2016, FBI investigators learned that one of Steele’s main sources was linked to the Russian Intelligence Service (RIS), and was rumored to be a former KGB/SVR officer. However, the FBI neglected to include this information in its application, which the FISA court approved that same month. Two months later, investigators learned that Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS, told a Justice Department attorney that he assessed the same source “was a RIS officer who was central in connecting Trump to Russia.” In January, the FISA warrant was renewed.

13.04.2020 - 12:12 [ Ron Johnson, US Senator / Wall Street Journal ]

Russian Disinformation Fed the FBI’s Trump Investigation

(10.04.2020)

Declassified footnotes to a Justice Department inspector general report show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation team investigating members of the Trump campaign received classified reports in 2017 identifying key pieces of the Steele dossier as products of a Russian disinformation campaign. This might be only the tip of the iceberg because other recently declassified information demonstrates that even more disinformation may have been planted in Christopher Steele’s reporting.

04.04.2020 - 08:44 [ Fox News ]

Schumer wants ethics probes over pre-coronavirus stock sales by Burr, Feinstein, others

Schumer, D-N.Y., called for the investigations on MSNBC Saturday after Burr, R-N.C., Feinstein, D-Calif., as well as Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., were hit with allegations of selling large amounts of stocks before the coronavirus crisis rocked Wall Street.

“The answer, in one word, is yes. There should be and there will be,” Schumer said on MSNBC. “I don’t own any stocks. I think it’s a very bad idea for senators to own stocks.”

04.04.2020 - 08:38 [ USA Today ]

Justice Department launches inquiry of senators who sold large chunks of stock before coronavirus market slide

(30.03.2020)

Financial disclosure statements indicated that Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.; and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; their spouses or advisers sold large chunks of stock around the time lawmakers received behind-the-scenes briefings about the severity of the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 3,600 lives in the USA.

04.04.2020 - 08:19 [ theHill.com ]

Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description

A group of Senate Democrats want a federal watchdog to investigate the decision to change an online description of the country’s Strategic National Stockpile following a press briefing with White House adviser Jared Kushner.

28.03.2020 - 08:19 [ Rand Paul, US Senator / Twitter ]

In times of panic, it is good to have someone with a cool, level MIT head asking the tough questions. Thank you @RepThomasMassie

28.03.2020 - 07:48 [ Mike Lee, US Senator / Twitter ]

I don’t know a member of Congress more principled or dedicated to the Constitution than @RepThomasMassie . @SpeakerPelosi delayed this process repeatedly and sent the House into recess before its job was complete. Big mistake!

27.03.2020 - 08:11 [ CommonDreams.org ]

‚Looting of America by Big Corporations‘: Progressives Appalled as Senate Unanimously Passes Largest Bailout Bill in US History

By a vote of 96-0, the United States Senate Wednesday night passed an enormous coronavirus stimulus package that would provide some desperately needed economic relief to struggling workers and the unemployed while establishing a $4.5 trillion fund to bail out large corporations—with little to no enforceable restrictions.

Progressives didn’t mince words in response to the unanimous vote, which sends the largest bailout legislation in U.S. history to the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, where it could pass as early as Friday before heading to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.

27.03.2020 - 07:07 [ Huffington Post ]

Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump The Keys To The Country – The Senate coronavirus bill is shocking.

Democrats control the House. They can pass any bill they like and dare Senate Republicans and the president to oppose a serious bill for a serious problem.

Or they can rubber-stamp the Senate bill and help Donald Trump foreclose on the next generation of American democracy.

26.03.2020 - 06:49 [ New York Times ]

The Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus plan.

The legislation would send direct payments of $1,200 to Americans earning up to $75,000 — which would gradually phase out for higher earners and end for those with incomes more than $99,000 — and an additional $500 per child. It would substantially expand jobless aid, providing an additional 13 weeks and a four-month enhancement of benefits, extending them for the first time to freelancers and gig workers and adding $600 per week on top of the usual payment.

12.03.2020 - 12:38 [ Rand Paul, US Senator / Twitter ]

We must have reform and stop abusing the rights of Americans.

12.03.2020 - 11:26 [ ntv Nachrichten / Twitter ]

Militäraktionen mit Zustimmung: US-Kongress weist Trump in die Schranken

12.03.2020 - 11:15 [ The Hill ]

House passes measure limiting Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran

In a largely party-line 227-186 vote, the House approved the resolution that would direct the president to “terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against” Iran unless Congress specifically authorizes it. Six Republicans voted for the measure.

The Senate passed the resolution in a 55-45 vote last month, with eight Republicans siding with Democrats to support it. Neither chamber of Congress is expected to have the votes to override Trump’s likely veto.

12.03.2020 - 11:13 [ The Hill ]

Paul, Lee urging Trump to kill House FISA deal

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are working to kill a House deal to reauthorize expiring intelligence programs and reform the surveillance court, throwing up an eleventh hour roadblock to the agreement.

10.03.2020 - 06:12 [ Rand Paul, US Senator / Twitter ]

I couldn’t agree more. Real reform or nothing this week.

10.03.2020 - 06:01 [ Mike Lee, US Senator / Twitter ]

The #deepstate spied on @realDonaldTrump . PATRIOT Act §215 makes it easier for the feds to spy on Americans. FISA should be used to stop foreign terrorists, not spy on U.S. citizens. Absent major FISA reform, we should let 215 expire this week! #Veto215

29.02.2020 - 10:22 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Trump Again Selects Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe to Be Intelligence Chief

President Trump said he intends to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe as his director of national intelligence, reviving a selection that foundered last year over concerns about his qualifications and fears he would politicize the nation’s spy apparatus

13.02.2020 - 21:24 [ Common Dreams ]

Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to Stop Trump From Launching ‚Illegal‘ Attack on Iran

„The nation should not be at war without a vote of Congress,“ said Sen. Tim Kaine, the measure’s lead sponsor.

13.02.2020 - 20:30 [ CNN ]

Senate passes Iran War Powers resolution despite Trump’s opposition

The vote was 55-45. Eight Republicans voted in favor of it: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Jerry Moran of Kansas.

13.02.2020 - 18:29 [ Global News / Youtube ]

U.S. Senate expected to vote on Iran War Powers resolution | LIVE

The U.S. Senate are expected to hold a final vote on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 on a War Powers resolution that is aimed at restricting President Donald Trump’s authority to launch military operations against Iran.

13.02.2020 - 12:52 [ ABC News ]

Senate poised to pass resolution to curb Trump’s war authority on Iran

The resolution underscores that Congress has the sole power to declare war, as laid out in the Constitution. The resolution also requires that any hostilities with Iran must be explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force. It does not prevent the U.S. from defending itself from an imminent attack.

13.02.2020 - 12:41 [ cbs19news.com ]

U.S. Senate begins debating war powers resolution

The U.S. Senate has begun debating a war powers resolution, which was introduced by Senator Tim Kaine.

On Wednesday, Kaine spoke on the Senate floor, urging other members of the congressional chamber to pass the resolution to „prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization.“

13.02.2020 - 03:39 [ The Hill ]

Trump urges Senate to reject effort to reel in his Iran war powers

Five Republicans so far have said they plan to vote in favor of the measure: Sens. Jerry Moran (Kansas), Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Todd Young (Ind.). The resolution needs a simple majority to pass.

13.02.2020 - 03:04 [ Reuters ]

U.S. Senate advances resolution limiting Trump’s ability to wage war

The U.S. Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday intended to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, paving the way for a final vote as eight Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution.

12.02.2020 - 13:08 [ Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering - ufl.edu ]

UF Engineer Testifies Before U.S. House Committee about Election Security

(22.01.2020)

“Currently, there is no known way to secure a digital ballot. At this time, any election that does not employ paper ballots cannot be secured,” Dr. Gilbert said. “Therefore, the report recommended that Internet voting, and specifically the electronic return of marked ballots, should not be used at this time.”

House Administration Committee Chairperson Zoe Lofgren commended Dr. Gilbert on the presentation of the report’s findings and the excellent work done by the National Academies. She noted that the report was “the guts of what we ended up putting in our SAFE [Securing America’s Federal Elections] Act that’s now pending in the Senate.”

06.02.2020 - 08:05 [ theHill.com ]

Senate acquits Trump, ending impeachment saga

The Senate on Wednesday acquitted President Trump on two impeachment charges surrounding his dealings with Ukraine, ending the historic, months-long battle over the president’s fitness to remain in office and leaving his fate to the voters who will head to the polls just nine months from now.

06.02.2020 - 08:03 [ Tagesschau ]

Impeachment: Freispruch für Trump in allen Punkten

Das Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen US-Präsident Trump ist gescheitert: Der republikanisch dominierte Senat lehnte alle Anklagepunkte gegen ihn ab. Trump sprach von einem „Sieg über den Impeachment-Schwindel“.

01.02.2020 - 07:23 [ Washington Post ]

Senate set to acquit Trump next week after bid for witnesses in impeachment trial is defeated

In declining to add to the case presented by House Democrats, the Senate delivered a victory for the White House that all but guaranteed that Trump will remain in office. With a final vote on the articles of impeachment set for Wednesday at 4 p.m., Democrats argued that Trump’s expected acquittal will be illegitimate, an acknowledgment of their looming defeat.

31.01.2020 - 23:57 [ theHill.com ]

Senate rejects impeachment witnesses, setting up Trump acquittal

Senate Republicans rejected a mid-trial effort to call witnesses and documents on Friday, paving the way for President Trump’s acquittal on two articles of impeachment passed by the House.

31.01.2020 - 14:27 [ LA Times ]

Impeachment trial likely to end quickly after key Republican says he’ll vote against witnesses

Democrats’ hopes for witnesses dwindled when one of the few Republicans still weighing the issue, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, announced he would not join Democrats on Friday when the vote on witnesses is expected to take place.

31.01.2020 - 14:16 [ Washington Post ]

Senate appears ready to reject witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, acquittal vote possible Friday

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was considered a possible supporter of allowing testimony, but he announced Friday that he’s ready to end the trial even though he found Trump’s behavior “inappropriate” and leave the president’s fate in the hands of voters during the upcoming election.

“Let the people decide,” he said in a statement.

31.01.2020 - 05:25 [ Fox News ]

‚GAME OVER,‘ Trump declares, as old Bolton, Schiff videos surface amid Senate impeachment trial

(30.01.2020)

Obama separately had said that Bolton „bullies, marginalizes and undermines those who do not agree with him.“ Other prominent Democrats agreed with him at the time.

Bolton himself had admitted in the past that he would be more than willing to lie if he felt it was in the nation’s best interest.

“If I had to say something I knew was false to protect American national security, I would do it,“ Bolton said in an interview with Fox Business in 2010.

31.01.2020 - 04:54 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Senators Mount Final Bid to Sway Vote on Witnesses

The fate of Democrats’ push to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump remained uncertain on the eve of the pivotal Senate vote, which could either pave the way to his prompt acquittal or introduce potentially dramatic testimony.

30.01.2020 - 06:19 [ Truthout.org ]

Bipartisan Pressure Is Mounting to Rein In Trump’s War Powers

„One important thing to highlight: The Trump administration was briefing the Republican conference today, and several people told me that the administration made it clear that if Senator Sanders’s and my amendment passed, then it would have prevented the Suleimani strike. Well, Senator Sanders’s and my amendment had passed two months ago and was part of the national defense authorization, until it was stripped. And the lesson is that we should have fought harder to make sure it wasn’t stripped. It would have literally prevented this entire crisis.“

28.01.2020 - 12:13 [ Washington Post ]

If senators fail to call Bolton, their trial is a farce

LAST WEEK, senators trying the impeachment charges against President Trump did not know for sure whether former national security adviser John Bolton could answer outstanding questions about the case. Now they know.

28.01.2020 - 12:09 [ LA Times ]

Column: Trump says Bolton is a disgruntled liar. Let him testify under oath so we can find out

“I’m with the Bush-Cheney team, and I’m here to stop the count.”

Those words were bellowed by John Bolton in a Tallahassee library in December of 2000, when he was part of a team of Republican lawyers trying to stop the Florida recount of votes cast in the Bush-Gore race. Until now, it was the most famous utterance President Trump’s former national security advisor had ever made.

28.01.2020 - 12:06 [ Washington Post ]

Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump’s former national security adviser

People close to Bolton said he wanted to testify, and a spokeswoman denied that he was behind the leak of the book, adding that the National Security Council has had a copy of it since Dec. 30.

28.01.2020 - 12:02 [ NPR.org ]

Trump Lawyers Ready For Final Day Of President’s Impeachment Defense

Shortly before winding down Monday night’s arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz addressed the elephant in the room: whether potential testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton would alter the course of the proceeding.

26.01.2020 - 04:15 [ David Swanson / Twitter ]

How is the Senate getting away with not voting on a privileged Iran war powers resolution introduced on January 3rd by @TimKaine and is @TimKaine planning to say anything about it?

26.01.2020 - 04:14 [ theHill.com ]

Why neither side is really trying to win this Trump impeachment trial

Both sides seem to be striving for the constitutional equivalent of a hung jury, not enough votes for either a bipartisan acquittal or conviction, simply the status quo. What is different is that you usually do not actually hang the jury in a hung jury strategy.

25.01.2020 - 14:35 [ CodePink.org ]

Stop Trump from going to war with Iran

On January 9, 2020, the House passed their war powers resolution and this week it is the Senate’s turn. The vote will happen soon. Contact your Senators now and tell them to vote for Sen. Kaine’s war powers resolution! Ensure that trump can not take any further military actions against Iran without congressional approval.

Fill out the form below to send an email to your senators — overseas supporters can scroll down to sign the petition below.

25.01.2020 - 07:38 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders says it’s ‚disappointing‘ he’s not on campaign trail in Iowa

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday called it „disappointing“ that he is not on the campaign trail in Iowa in the final weeks before the caucuses due to the ongoing impeachment trial.

“Obviously, when we were planning out our schedule, trust me, we were not expecting to be in Washington this week,“ Sanders said in an interview airing Friday on „CBS Evening News.“

24.01.2020 - 22:34 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Senators forced to leave campaign trail for impeachment trial l ABC News

(21.01.2020)

Four Democratic senators, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are on Capitol Hill for Trump’s trial as the remaining candidates in Iowa campaign ahead of the caucuses.

24.01.2020 - 22:30 [ theHill.com ]

Impeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators

With their candidates stuck in Washington for the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, campaign staffers, organizers and surrogates for Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are under pressure to help make closing arguments before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

The trial kicked off this week and will keep senators in session for six days a week, although it’s set to end early afternoon on Saturday, allowing the 2020 Senate candidates to travel to Iowa for the weekend.

24.01.2020 - 06:17 [ Bloomberg ]

America Is Safer When Trump Alone Can’t Start a War

No matter who is president, Congress needs to re-establish its role in the use of force.

24.01.2020 - 06:12 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country

“President Trump abused his authority as commander-in-chief and chief diplomat to benefit himself,” Schiff said. “And he betrayed the interests of the American people when he did so.“

Exhibit A in their recounting was a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, ….

24.01.2020 - 06:01 [ Protect Democracy ‏/ Twitter ]

We have called on Congress to enact reform legislation to reclaim its authorities over war powers. Congress needs to act.

24.01.2020 - 05:55 [ Washington Post ]

The Senate should act on legislation to limit Trump’s war-making powers

(17.01.2019)

Kudos to Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for their integrity in standing up for the resolution put forward by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) that joins the House to remind the administration that the Constitution gave Congress the right to declare war.

22.01.2020 - 19:32 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

The Senate Adopted GOP Rules In The Impeachment Trial After Heated Debate. | MSNBC

The Senate adopted GOP rules in the impeachment trial after heated debate. Chuck Todd summarizes the night by saying, “At times it did seem like we were watching two different trials: the Democrats focusing on the substance of their case, the White House team focusing on attacking the process.” Aired on 01/22/20.

22.01.2020 - 05:04 [ theHill.com ]

Watch live: Trump’s impeachment trial begins in Senate

President Trump’s impeachment trial will officially begin in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. The Senate will vote on a resolution that sets up the rules, including how long the proceedings will last and how long everyone will have to speak.

21.01.2020 - 18:30 [ Washington Post ]

Trump’s lawyers, Senate GOP allies work privately to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly

President Trump’s legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial, including an effort to keep former national security adviser John Bolton from the spotlight, according to multiple officials familiar with the discussions.

16.01.2020 - 23:37 [ Tim Kaine, Mike Lee / Washington Post ]

Why we’re introducing a resolution on war with Iran

James Madison, the principal drafter of the Constitution, wrote that the history of mankind showed that the executive branch is “most interested in war, & most prone to it.”

For this reason, he noted that the Constitution, “with studied care, vested the question of war” in the legislature. Once initiated, the power to carry out military action does flow to the president as commander in chief. And the president always has the power to defend the nation from imminent attack. But even when the president acts unilaterally in response to an attack, that action must be brief and limited to addressing a specific threat. Any action beyond that scope requires an authorization by Congress.

16.01.2020 - 23:11 [ LA Times ]

Chief justice, senators sworn in as Senate begins historic impeachment trial of Trump

The Senate on Thursday formally convened to begin considering articles of impeachment against President Trump in the third impeachment trial in American history.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the entire Senate were sworn in, promising to apply “impartial justice” as they consider over at least the next two weeks whether the two articles approved by the House in December warrant removing the president from office.

16.01.2020 - 14:59 [ Politico.com ]

State Department abruptly cancels briefings on Iran, embassy security

Congressional staffers had planned to ask questions about the shifting explanations and wanted to receive a global threat assessment for U.S. personnel.

16.01.2020 - 14:47 [ CNN ]

Trump administration abruptly cancels 4 classified Iran-related briefings

FBI officials had been expected to brief a group of House lawmakers on counterintelligence issues related to Iran on Wednesday in a separate closed-door session but those plans also changed at the last moment, according to two sources familiar with the planning. The reason for the cancellation remains unclear but the briefing was added to the calendar late last week, one of the sources said.

16.01.2020 - 14:38 [ Daily Mail ]

State Department and Pentagon abruptly cancel lawmakers‘ classified briefings on Iran and embassy security after mounting questions over reasons for killing Qassem Soleimani

– The Trump administration has canceled three classified briefings scheduled for lawmakers on the situation with Iran
– The move comes amid questions about the president’s justification for killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani
– The last round of administration briefings ended with lawmakers furious over a lack of candor by Trump administration officials
– Additionally, Senate Democrats said they have enough support to pass a war powers resolution to limit Trump’s ability to use a military response to Iran

15.01.2020 - 17:39 [ The Hill ]

Sens. Kaine, Lee: ‚We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it‘

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are calling on their Senate colleagues to support a proposed resolution aimed at reining in President Trump’s war powers against Iran.

15.01.2020 - 11:37 [ Congress.gov ]

S.J.Res.63 – A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.

(1) Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.

(2) Congress has not yet declared war upon, nor enacted a specific statutory authorization for use of military force against, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack and the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107–243; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) do not serve as a specific statutory authorization for war against Iran, and neither authorize any such action.

15.01.2020 - 11:34 [ Washington Post ]

Senate resolution to limit Trump’s military authority on Iran has enough GOP votes to pass, key Democrats say

Kaine filed a draft of his resolution the day after the Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, and he has been working with Republicans to amend the measure so they would support it. As a result, the updated, bipartisan version removes all references to Trump and his administration’s statements and policies regarding Iran.

15.01.2020 - 11:27 [ New York Times ]

Senate Has Votes to Pass Limits on Trump’s Iran War Power, Likely Drawing a Veto

The resolution, which would give Mr. Trump a 30-day deadline to come to Congress for authorization for military action in Iran, would still need to be passed by the House. And it would be unlikely to overcome a veto from the president.

Mr. Kaine introduced the measure, which invokes the War Powers Act of 1973, as a privileged joint resolution, which allows him to force a vote on the measure and win over the support of a simple majority of senators.

15.01.2020 - 02:40 [ theHill.com ]

War powers fight in Senate runs squarely into impeachment

Senate Democrats hoping to rein in President Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran secured majority support Tuesday for Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) war powers resolution, but the timing of the measure is now in flux.

In a procedural snafu, Democrats won’t be able to force a vote on the measure until Tuesday at the earliest — the same day the Senate is expected to start Trump’s impeachment trial.

14.01.2020 - 19:17 [ DailyKos.com ]

Kaine and Lee predict as many as 10 Republicans could support war powers resolution

Lee said that the language of the resolution is unobjectionable, saying it simply states that „additional hostilities against Iran need to be authorized by Congress.“ He added, „That is a perfectly unremarkable statement. […] The fact that this would be objectionable to anyone in either political party is really saying something.“ That’s particularly true after Kaine agreed to amendments from Republicans to make the resolution applicable to any president, and to ensure that it wouldn’t force a withdrawal of troops in areas where proxy forces of Iran are present.

14.01.2020 - 19:10 [ theHill.com ]

Up to 10 GOP senators consider bucking Trump on war powers

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is circulating a bipartisan resolution that would direct Trump to remove U.S. forces from any hostilities against Iran within 30 days of its enactment.
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GOP Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) have already voiced their support for the measure, and Kaine says about eight more Republicans, including Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Todd Young (Ind.) and Mitt Romney (Utah), are reviewing it.

14.01.2020 - 18:58 [ Cynthia Gair / Twitter ]

This is not a monarchy – Vote in Congressional war powers!

@GOP @SenateGOP @SenateDems @DNC #TrumpsWar

14.01.2020 - 17:51 [ theHill.com ]

House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate

Pelosi did not announce at Tuesday morning’s House Democratic Caucus meeting which lawmakers will serve as prosecutors — also known as impeachment managers — in the Senate trial.

But the resolution slated to hit the House floor on Wednesday is expected to name the impeachment managers.

14.01.2020 - 11:56 [ Politico.com ]

Congress: Senate vote to limit Trump’s military actions against Iran in limbo

“It should be voted on when everybody’s in the chamber,” he said, noting Tuesday’s presidential debate. “A, I want to pass it. But B, it is the kind of a vote that should not happen with people absent.”

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Tuesday’s debate will include Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

13.01.2020 - 06:08 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats scramble to rein in Trump’s Iran war powers

Lawmakers looking to limit Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran face a tight time frame with little room for error after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced she will send the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week. Once the trial begins, all legislation is expected to be delayed for weeks.

But a resolution from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) can come to the Senate floor as soon as Tuesday morning, and he has been trying to win over the four GOP votes needed, in addition to every Democratic senator, to get to 51 votes.

11.01.2020 - 19:40 [ Congress.gov ]

S.J.Res.63 – A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.

(1) Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.

(2) Congress has not yet declared war upon, nor enacted a specific statutory authorization for use of military force against, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack and the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107–243; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) do not serve as a specific statutory authorization for war against Iran, and neither authorize any such action.

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SEC. 2. Removal of United States Forces from Hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

(a) Removal of forces.—Pursuant to section 1013 of the Department of State Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1984 and 1985 (50 U.S.C. 1546a), and in accordance with the provisions of section 601(b) of the International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act of 1976, Congress hereby directs the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military, by not later than the date that is 30 days after the date of the enactment of this joint resolution unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force.

11.01.2020 - 19:20 [ Washington Post ]

With Iran war powers resolution, Kaine finds new way to push his signature issue

He got a major break Wednesday when Republican Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) told reporters they’d back his effort. Since then, Kaine said, he has spoken with eight or nine more senators from the 53-member GOP caucus, with more meetings planned.

He needs 51 votes for the resolution to pass. A vote could come as soon as Tuesday. Kaine said he has agreed to remove references to President Trump from the resolution — it would, of course, apply to all presidents — and to make other technical changes.

11.01.2020 - 19:18 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats conflicted over how to limit Trump’s war powers

Senate Democrats are debating among themselves whether to take up a concurrent resolution passed by the House on Thursday limiting Trump’s war powers, or to stick with a proposal sponsored by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

10.01.2020 - 14:42 [ Tim Kaine, US Senator / Twitter ]

I’m glad to see my colleagues in the House are committed to our Constitutional duty of debating and voting on matters of war. We will vote on my bipartisan resolution in the Senate as early as next week.

10.01.2020 - 14:39 [ Aaron Fritschner ‏/ Twitter ]

Covering this resolution as „nonbinding“ is nonsensical. US code says this concurrent resolution is binding under the War Powers Resolution if passed by the Senate. Yes there are people who think that law is unconstitutional but it’s the law unless a federal court says otherwise.

10.01.2020 - 02:33 [ The Guardian ]

House votes to curb Trump’s powers to take military action against Iran

The Democratic-controlled House passed the measure on Thursday by a vote of 224-194 with just three Republicans voting in support. Eight Democrats opposed the measure.

10.01.2020 - 02:28 [ PBS / Youtube ]

WATCH LIVE: House votes on restricting Trump’s ability to strike Iran

10.01.2020 - 02:19 [ NPR.org ]

House Passes War Powers Resolution In Effort To Restrict Trump’s Actions Against Iran

The nonbinding war powers resolution was approved in a mostly party-line vote of 224-194. Only three Republicans and one independent joined Democrats to pass the measure. Eight Democrats opposed it.

The Senate could consider a similar measure — but one that has the force of law — as early as next week, but it is unclear if it has enough votes to clear the chamber.

09.01.2020 - 16:38 [ MSNBC ]

Nicolle Wallace astonished after GOP Senator breaks from Trump ‚zombies,‘ criticizes Iran briefing

GOP Senator Mike Lee expresses his displeasure with the briefing about the Iran missile attack, calling it the „worst briefing I’ve seen, at least on a military issue, in the nine years I’ve served in the United States Senate.“ Nicolle Wallace, responding to his comments, calls the moment a „huge deal,“ as „Republicans in the Senate are. by and large, zombies, walking along as Donald Trump obliterates things like truth, the rule of law, and respect for our institutions.“

09.01.2020 - 16:34 [ theHill.com ]

Paul fires back at Graham over Iran criticism: ‚He insults the Constitution‘

Graham told reporters on Wednesday that he thought Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) were „overreacting“ by criticizing comments made during a closed-door Iran briefing.

„They’re libertarians,“ Graham said. „I think they’re overreacting, quite frankly. Go debate all you want to. I’m going to debate you. Trust me, I’m going to let people know that at this moment in time to play this game with the war powers act … whether you mean to or not, you’re empowering the enemy.“

09.01.2020 - 16:31 [ MSNBC ]

How many Republicans will vote to limit Trump’s war-making powers against Iran?

Trump faces an effort on Capitol Hill to limit his ability to strike out at Iran. We discuss with our panel.

09.01.2020 - 15:57 [ Washington Post ]

How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general

(03.01.2019)

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a meeting with reporters Friday that Soleimani was killed after U.S. officials recently became aware of intelligence that showed the “size, scale, scope” of what he was planning, which led them to conclude that there was a greater risk in not taking action than in doing so.

09.01.2020 - 15:08 [ MSNBC ]

Pres. Trump, advisers face mounting pressure to justify Soleimani attack intel

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that no lives were lost after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. and coalition forces overnight. Trump said the U.S. would add new sanctions on Iran, but seemed to seek de-escalation. Meanwhile, Trump and his advisers are facing more pressure to provide justification for the airstrike that assassinated Iranian Gen. Soleimani. Senators and congressmembers found a Wednesday intelligence briefing to be wholly insufficient.

09.01.2020 - 14:33 [ LA Times ]

With Iran, Congress will again be asked to exercise its war powers authority. Will it fail again?

With the expected House vote Thursday to limit President Trump’s military actions against Iran, Congress takes its latest stab at reaffirming its constitutional authority to declare war, part of a long-standing power struggle between the executive and legislative branches that has only grown murkier as the nature of global conflicts has changed.

09.01.2020 - 14:07 [ Hardball ‏/ Twitter ]

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would take up a War Powers Resolution that would limit the President’s military actions with Iran. The Senate has a companion bill that was introduced by Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine.

06.01.2020 - 18:52 [ CNN ]

Democratic leaders urge Trump to declassify formal congressional notification of Iran strike

Two leading Senate Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to declassify the formal notification given to Congress regarding the US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.
It’s not publicly known what exactly is in the formal notification, though such messages to Congress typically explain legal justification for military action.

05.01.2020 - 08:25 [ Washington Examiner ]

Majority of Senate Democrats enabled Trump’s unconstitutional airstrike

“Any member who voted for the NDAA — a blank check — can’t now express dismay that Trump may have launched another war in the Middle East,” thundered Khanna. “Our Congress let our nation down again by failing to stand up against a war in Iran.”

Khanna originally included legislation in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act that specifically would have prevented the president from carrying out Thursday’s airstrike (co-sponsored with Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican from Florida), as did Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee.

04.01.2020 - 14:47 [ BuzzFeedNews.com ]

Sen. Tim Kaine Will Force A Vote On War With Iran

Kaine and other Democrats have long pushed to allow the previous AUMFs to expire and require presidents to get new authorizations from Congress for new and ongoing conflicts. His resolution states that neither of these previous authorizations allows for war with Iran. “[The previous resolutions] do not serve as a specific statutory authorization for war against Iran, and neither authorize any such action,” the resolution states.

01.01.2020 - 11:51 [ Tim Kaine, US Senator / Twitter ]

The US conducted airstrikes in Iraq over the objections of the Iraqi government. Now Iraqi protesters broke into the US Embassy. Trump’s malpractice in the region is making us less safe. Time for Congress to stop this foolish rush to war.