'The US Senate failed to pass an amendment that would have blocked war on Iran without congressional approval, as loyalty to the military-industrial complex apparently overcame urges to rein in President Donald Trump.
The Republican-controlled Senate has defeated an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would have forced Trump to obtain approval from Congress to wage war on Iran or any other country using Defense Department funds.
Despite much talk from both parties about ensuring that “any military action [be] carried out Constitutionally” after Trump supposedly came within 10 minutes of striking multiple Iranian targets in response to the downing of a pricey surveillance drone, the bill was shot down Friday afternoon following a six-hour debate on the Senate floor. It needed a 60-vote supermajority to pass, and received only 50 votes, with 40 opposed.
Among the opponents was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who condemned the amendment as a sign of weakness that would “hamstring” Trump’s ability to respond to foreign provocations.
“I don't think it's good for this country to see the Iranians observing us arguing over all this,” he said before the vote, admitting he hoped it would be defeated.
“Iran is a threat,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) agreed. “They are watching, make no mistake about it. We cannot play games with the National Defense Authorization Act.”
While four Republicans broke ranks to support the bipartisan measure, proposed by Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), and Mike Lee (R-Utah), their support was not sufficient. The supporters declared a small victory nevertheless, as a similar amendment will be debated in the Democrat-controlled House next month.'
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