The House of Representatives officially voted in favor of a War Powers Resolution.
This step by Democrats is intended to limit President Trump’s military action toward Iran.
“The resolution passed, 224-194, mostly along party lines, but both parties had some defectors: eight Democrats voted against the measure and three Republicans voted in favor of it,” Fox News reported.
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“Independent Rep. Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party last year, also voted in favor of the measure,” the report added.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, “We deserve the respect from the administration and that Congress deserves under the Constitution.
“The Constitution of the United States calls that there be cooperation when initiating hostilities,” Pelosi added.
Trump tweeted that he fully agrees with an analysis from John Bolton. “Smart analysis, I fully agree!” President Trump wrote.
Bolton’s analysis read, “The 1973 War Powers Resolution is unconstitutional. It reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Constitution allocated foreign affairs authority between the President and Congress.”
“The Resolution should be repealed,” Bolton concluded.
Analyzing America previously reported that Nancy Pelosi intended to have the House will vote to limit Trump’s war powers on Iran as tensions grow.
Pelosi wrote a letter to Democratic members of the House, which read, the “provocative and disproportionate” airstrike on Soleimani “endangered our servicemembers, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.”
“The resolution, which Pelosi said will be introduced and voted on this week, will mandate that military hostilities with Iran cease within 30 days unless further congressional authorization like a declaration of war is taken,” USA Today reported.
A similar resolution will be introduced in the Senate by Tim Kaine, D-Va.
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The resolution is non-binding but is meant to reassert congressional authority and rebuke Trump’s decision to take out Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike last Friday while he traveled to an airport in Baghdad, Iraq. Trump did not consult with congressional leaders ahead of the attack that killed the Iranian military leader and afterward sent Congress a notification explaining the rationale but kept it classified.
The resolution “requires the president to consult with Congress ‘in every possible instance’ before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.”
Former DHS secretary Jeh Johnson says Trump had ample constitutional authority to take out SoleimaniVideo
The measure also handcuffs Trump when it comes to future strikes.
The resolution says that “Congress has not authorized the president to use military force against Iran.” The measure “directs the president to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran or any part of its government or military” unless there is a specific blessing by Congress.
The measure was sponsored by freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., who is a former CIA analyst and Pentagon official who served in Iraq.
The resolution was widely panned by Republican lawmakers in the House, who called the measure a political move against the president and accused Democrats of empowering Iran by condemning the White House’s airstrike.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, said, “For the party that claims they care about the Constitution, Democrats might want to brush up on their facts.”
“If they did, they’d realize their actions today are shameful and are embarrassing even by the low standards they set in their impeachment inquiry,” McCarthy concluded.
Republican congressman Matt Gaetz didn’t agree with his fellow GOP members and argued that Congres ought to have the right to send troops into combat.
“If our service members have the courage to fight and die in these wars, Congress ought to have the courage to vote for or against them,” Gaetz said. “I’m voting for this resolution.
I represent more troops than any other member of this body. I buried one of them earlier today at Arlington.
If our servicemembers have the courage to fight and die in these wars, Congress ought to have the courage to vote for or against them.
I’m voting for this resolution. pic.twitter.com/cSCBG7CmIm
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 9, 2020