McConnell Voices Opposition to War Powers Resolution

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he opposes the war powers resolution that was introduced into the Senate by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) earlier this month.

“I expect the Senate will soon debate Senator Kaines war powers resolution.” McConnell said from Senate floor in Washington on Monday. “Ill strongly oppose the resolution and I would urge all our colleagues to consider what message the Senate should send to Iran and the world.”

“For years now, I have wanted the Senate to on the record about military presence in Syria and Iraq. Im glad my Democratic colleagues will finally be interested in having that discussion rather than ducking it,” McConnell continued.

“I dont believe the blunt instrument of the war powers resolution is an acceptable substitute for the studied oversight the Senate can exercise through hearings, resolutions, and more tailored legislation. So I will strongly oppose the resolution, and I would urge all our colleagues to consider what message the Senate should send to Iran and the world at the very moment that Americas actions are challenging the calculus in Tehran for the better. We appear to have restored a measure of deterrence in the Middle East, so lets not screw it up.”

McConnell has praised the President Donald Trump-ordered air strike of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was responsible for killing of hundreds of Americans. McConnell called Soleimani “Irans chief terrorist” and said that “thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets to celebrate Soleimanis death, condemn the regimes domestic oppression, and call for regime change in Iran.”

President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington on Jan. 8, 2020. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
A man holds a picture of Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with Iranian Revolutionary Guards Major General Qassem Soleimani (L) during a demonstration in Tehran on Jan. 3, 2020. (Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images)

McConnell said that its the Senates responsibility to weigh in on foreign policy but took issue with some of his colleagues, who have denounced practically every move that Trump has made, including the recent series of actions in the Middle East. He said his Democratic colleagues who praised President Barack Obamas intervention in Libya have criticized Trump for similar actions in Iraq.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) later took the floor, urging support for Kaines resolution.

“The Senate must not allow the president to proceed unchecked,” he said, accusing Trumps foreign policy of being “erratic.”

The resolution underscores that Congress has the sole power to declare war, as laid out in the Constitution, _