nearvideo longest vote in the Senate history examines Trump’s authority to strike Iran
Senate presidential candidates in the return of the Miami primary debates, their votes on a measure to require President Trump to have the approval of Congress before military action against Iran; Mike Emanuel reports.
The Senate on Friday, after a record-breaking 10-hour votes, could not approve, which would require a resolution that President Trump to have the approval of Congress before ordering a military intervention in Iran.
The vote, which was not expected to pass, came after the political discontent with the White house, tough talk against Iran.
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The vote was the longest in the chamber’s history. The Senate concluded its voting on the measure at 3:10 PM ET, which was 10 hours and 8 minutes after the Start of the vote. The old record for the length the Senate was voting, set on Dec. 21, 2018, with five hours and 20 minutes.
The plan needed 60 votes. But the final tally was 50-40. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who took part in Thursday night’s democratic presidential debate, voted at 3:10 p.m. in favor of the Iran amendment. Moments later, the vote was closed, and the Senate was quickly gaveled out of session.
The effort will continue on the other side of the Congress: The house is expected to take up the issue next month.
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The legislator argued Trump can’t continue on the almost two-decades-old war permissions to Congress on Sept approved in the sequence. 11, 2001, attacks.
Democratic sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, is the author of the measure, says he is not alone in raising concern about Trump is the “ping-pong diplomacy” and “go-it-alone attitude.”
“This ruthless, diplomacy is dangerously reminiscent of the run up to the war with Iraq,” he said in the Senate on Thursday.
Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling it nothing more than another example of the “trump derangement syndrome”, he explained as to what the President, “you seem to be.”
McConnell said, to place restrictions on the White house would “hamstring” the president ‘ s ability to to the military in a time of escalating tensions between the US and Iran.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.