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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:00 am

Young to support war powers move

Working with Virginia senator to redo Kaine bill

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said Tuesday he will support a revised version of a war powers resolution calling for congressional approval if President Donald Trump wants to again use military force against Iran.

“As the Administration determines its next steps, Congress must be involved in the debate, precisely as Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution requires,” Young said in a statement.

Young said he and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., are working on a revision of Kaine's original legislation, which Young said he would oppose because it is “politically charged.” Kaine reportedly has agreed to remove references to Trump from his bill and make other changes.

The Hill news organization reported that Young told reporters Tuesday, “I will be supporting, shall we call it, Kaine 2.0, the newer Kaine language, should I have an opportunity to vote on it.”

Kaine told reporters his revised war powers resolution has the backing of four Republican senators – Young, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine – and all 47 Democratic senators, enough votes to win approval in the 100-member Senate.

The Democratic-controlled House approved a resolution last week to require congressional authorization of further U.S. military action against Iran.

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