BANGOR – It has been a busy week in Washington, DC between prepping for the impeachment trial and the ongoing fallout from an American attack that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Maine’s Senator Susan Collins said while these issues are separate, they both raise questions about separation of powers, and checks and balances.
At an event in Bangor earlier this week, the republican senator said while the president has the authority to respond to an imminent threat, it’s congress’s role to authorize military action.
“No president likes the War Powers Act. Congress in my view needs to reassert its authority in this area and not abdicate decisions on committing our troops to wars and other conflicts to the administration,” said Sen. Collins.
She said in regards to impeachment, she’s been careful not to prejudge the evidence and is working toward a fair trial.
Senator Collins also said she does not want to go to war with Iran, and hopes both sides will deescalate tensions.