Rep. Soto Votes for War Powers Resolution

January 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.Con.Res. 83, A War Powers Resolution Limiting the President's Military Actions Regarding Iran.

 

“Today, I proudly voted for peace. One thing is clear, war with Iran is not the answer. With this resolution, we reassert our constitutional War Power authority, protect our troops from unnecessary harm and put a well-needed check on President Trump. We don't need another endless war in the Middle East and we certainly don't need another generation of Americans dying halfway around the world in a conflict that does not directly threaten the homeland.”

 

H.Con.Res. 83 directs the President to terminate the use of the United States military in hostilities against Iran unless Congress authorizes them or the use is necessary to defend against an imminent armed attack on the United States or our armed forces. The resolution clarifies that it does nothing to prevent the President from coming to Congress for authorization if Iran attacks our allies or partners, consistent with the War Powers Resolution. It also clarifies that it does nothing to prevent the President from using force against al Qaeda or its associated forces.

 

Background:

On January 3rd, Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, was killed in a U.S. drone strike outside of Baghdad International Airport. Gen. Soleimani was the architect of significant operations by Iranian intelligence and military forces and other groups over the past two decades, including attacks against U.S. service members and allies. In retaliation, Iran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases that house the U.S. military.

 

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