UNITED STATES−Democrats in Congress, along with three Republicans passed the War Powers Resolution on Thursday, January 9. The unbinding resolution is intended to keep the President of the United States from making decisions in time of conflict without the approval of Congress.
The House of Representatives voted Thursday night approving the resolution which requires the POTUS to seek Congressional approval prior to taking further military action against Iran. The non-binding measure passed 224-194.
Rep. Matt Gaetz spoke out in favor of the President killing General Qasem Soleimani, but against war in the middle east.
“I spoke to President Trump today and he told me he’s more anti-war than I am. I believe this war powers resolution was worthy of support because it did not criticize the President. It said that if any President wants to drag our nation into another forever middle east war, it requires the approval of the U.S. Congress. That’s something I deeply believe and something I think President Trump deeply believes,” said Gaetz.
"This is a president who acts boldly. This is a president who carried out a strike that was so precise, so strategic, nothing else was hurt except the car in which that terrorist was riding."Representative Mike Kelly praised President Donald J. Trump for the airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani ahead of the House vote on a resolution that limits President Trump's military action against Iran. Rep. Kelly went on to rip into House Democrats for being more worried "about the loss of an election in 2020 than the loss of American lives, and the continued loss of lives around the world by one of the worst terrorists of all time." https://fxn.ws/36PzBMN
Posted by Fox News on Thursday, January 9, 2020
General Soleimani was the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corp., Quds Force, a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization. He is responsible for orchestrating the deaths of hundreds of American servicemen. According to reports, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo was aware that Soleimani was devising a large-scale attack against the U.S. and its facilities.
President Trump spoke to Laura Ingraham of Fox News about the imminent threat Iran provoked leading to United States to killing Soleimani who planned attacks on four U.S. embassies.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi indicated that Congress was not informed prior to the attack. Vice President Mike Pence did attempt to contact Pelosi to inform her of Iran’s launching ballistic missile attack, but according to reports she was not available to take his call.
Large crowds shouted “Marg bar Āmrikā,” which translated means “Death to America.” They were also heard shouting “death to Israel” during the funeral procession of General Soleimani.
Lindsay Graham called the War Powers Act, “unconstitutional,” and called out Senators, Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-KY) for supporting an act that limit’s the President’s authority, during an interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro of Fox News.
“Congress has the power to declare war. That doesn’t mean the Commander in Chief can’t use military force to protect the country without Congress,” said Graham.