The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday approved a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran.
The war powers resolution is not binding on the president and would not require his signature. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nonetheless insisted it “has real teeth” because “it is a statement of the Congress of the United States.”
The measure will “protect American lives and values” by limiting Trump’s military actions, Pelosi said. “The administration must de-escalate and must prevent further violence.″
The House passed the measure, 224-194, with just three Republicans voting in support. Eight Democrats opposed the measure.
Oregon Republican Greg Walden released this statement after voting “no.”
“I came away from yesterday’s classified briefing more convinced than ever that the President, as Commander in Chief, was right to protect American troops and diplomats in Iraq–and to prevent terrorist attacks there and elsewhere–by taking out Qassem Soleimani. General Soleimani was directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American military members and the maiming of many more. He was the mastermind of terrorist activities, often through surrogate organizations, all across the region. Even President Obama’s former Secretary of Homeland Security said he was ‘…a lawful military objective.’ I can only imagine what the political narrative would be today if the President had not acted based on the intelligence data we had, and the terrorists had carried out their plans.
“Meanwhile, the action of the House today plays into the hands of the Iranians who want us to leave the Middle East to them. Moreover, because we voted on a House concurrent resolution — unlike a joint resolution — it could never have the force of law and could never reach the President’s desk. That makes it little more than a press release.”