by Countable | 2.4.19
The Senate is set to move forward in its consideration of the bipartisan Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act on Monday when it votes on amendments that’d caution against withdrawing from Syria & Afghanistan if it’d lead to a resurgence of ISIS & al Qaeda and would clarify that the bill isn’t an authorization for the use of military force.
The first vote will be on Amendment 96, offered by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), which would clarify that nothing in the McConnell amendment should be interpreted as a declaration of war or authorization of use of military force under the War Powers Resolution.
The second vote will be on Amendment 65, offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which would express the sense of Congress that:
After the Senate votes on the adoption of the amendments it will vote on a cloture motion that, if it receives 60 votes, will limit further debate on the underlying bill to 30 hours before a passage vote is held. That could mean a passage vote occurs Tuesday or Wednesday, although it could be held this evening if there’s unanimous consent to end debate sooner.
— Eric Revell
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