“I just voted NO on the Democrats’ unconstitutional War Powers Resolution,” said Congressman Ron Wright (R-TX-6) in a Jan. 9 press release. “President Trump used the authority granted to him by Article II of the Constitution of the United States to defend our nation and protect the safety of all Americans. The nonbinding resolution we voted on today has no legal basis and is nothing more than a messaging stunt designed to undermine the President’s ability to put American interests first.”
Sponsored by Democrat congresswoman and former intelligence analyst Elissa Slotkin, the resolution came on the heels of the Trump administration’s authorization of a strike to kill Iran’s top military leader, Qassem Soleimani. It seeks to restrict the president’s authority to strike Iran without congressional approval.
“Make no mistake, Qasem Soleimani was a terrorist,” Wright explained. “He was the mastermind of countless attacks on our troops and had the blood of over 600 Americans on his hands. In the days before his death, he led an attack that killed a U.S. contractor and orchestrated another on our Embassy in Baghdad. In the days and months to come he was planning to up the ante.”
“President Trump acted swiftly and decisively to take Soleimani off the battlefield—protecting American lives and interests,” the congressman added. “This resolution is an attempt to cripple the President’s ability to act as Commander in Chief, leaving our national security hanging in the balance.”
The Resolution was passed in the House by a vote of 224 to 194. Eight Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the resolution, while three Republicans voted in favor. It now goes before the Senate.