Excitable House Passes Concurrent Resolution Demanding Trump Get Approval For Any Iran Attacks

Remember how they did this with all of Obama’s strikes on jihadis in countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia? How about his Big Libyan Adventure? This is just TDS, with no force of actual law

House passes measure seeking to limit Trump on Iran

The House on Thursday approved a measure aimed at restricting President Trump’s ability to go to war with Iran, a day after a number of lawmakers expressed frustration at the briefing where the administration provided its arguments for a drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

In a largely party-line vote of 224-194, the House passed a war powers resolution that would direct the president to end military hostilities with Iran unless Congress specifically authorizes it or the United States faces an “imminent armed attack.”

The measure would not need Trump’s signature because it’s what’s known as a “concurrent resolution.” But that has also left Democrats open to criticism that the resolution is just a messaging bill since concurrent resolutions are typically nonbinding, though their use to force the end of military hostilities under the War Powers Act is untested in court.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted Thursday the resolution has “teeth” and would send a strong message.

“This is with real teeth,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference. “We’re taking this path because it does not require … a signature of the president of the United States. This is a statement of the Congress of the United States, and I will not have that statement be diminished by whether the president will veto it or not.”

Except, it has no force of law, as it won’t be sent to the Senate. Congress has the power to declare war. The President is the commander in chief of the armed forces. He (or she, eventually) can take military action without the approval of Congress. Always has and always will, unless they change the Constitution. Remember, Nancy Pelosi had zero problem with Obama not informing Congress about his plan to attack Libya, and said he didn’t their permission.

You know, that was a war. A sustained military engagement with a country.

Anyhow, three Republicans voted for this (Matt Gaetz, Thomas Massie, and Francis Roonie), while eight Democrats voted against it.

“This is a meaningless vote that only sends the wrong message that the House Democrats would rather stand with the socialist base than stand against Iran,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said at his weekly press conference.

Democrats love their meaningless votes, and supporting Iran.

The House may have more votes on Iran in the coming weeks. Pelosi vowed Thursday to vote to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force, which authorized the Iraq War and which the Trump administration has used as legal justification for the Soleimani strike. She has also said the House may vote on a bill to block funding for military action against Iran.

Does Pelosi think this will play well come General Election time? Think that Team Trump and the GOP won’t bring up the Democrats support of Iran?

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3 Responses to “Excitable House Passes Concurrent Resolution Demanding Trump Get Approval For Any Iran Attacks”

  1. Dana says:

    Actually, under the War Powers Act of 1973, it would have legal force, if also passed by the Senate.

    Under the War Powers Act, which was passed over President Nixon’s veto, the President has to withdraw troops from situations in which they are engaged n hostilities or hostilities are imminent after sixty days, with the President able to extend for one thirty day period if he certifies that the additional time is required to withdraw them safely. The Congress has the authority to force their removal prior to sixty days via concurrent resolution, something the President cannot veto. The only way the President can keep troops in such situations is if Congress specifically authorizes it, and the War Powers Act specifies that appropriations measures alone do not constitute such authorization.

    Obviously the Senate is not going to pass their part of the concurrent resolution, but the President has a huge out here: the War Powers Act refers to troops and military forces; since the actions against Iran have thus far been conducted by drones, it is arguable that the War Powers Act does not apply.

    Nor does the War Powers Act apply to naval forces in international waters. Stand-off drones launched from warships can easily reach Iran, and some true ‘armchair warriors’ can attack thousands of targets, without ever exposing the first American soldier, sailor, airman or Marine to enemy fire.

    • War Power act is not relevant since the actions are over and done with in under 30 days. While presidents have complied with the WPA for the most part, it hasn’t yet been tested in court and no President has accepted this limitation on their power.

  2. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    Botox, alcohol, ill fitting dentures, and losing politically will do that to a girl.

    #Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

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