President Donald Trump approved a decisive airstrike last Thursday that took out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, who has killed or orchestrated attacks that killed thousands of Americans.
Soon after the airstrike, Democrats and their allies in the media immediately sided with Iran and claimed the president didn’t have the legal authority to “approve” the airstrike.
On Thursday, the Democratic-controlled House approved a resolution — mostly along party lines — that placed restrictions on the president’s ability to take military action against Iran without congressional approval.
The measure, which relies on the original War Powers Resolution of 1973, passed by a vote of 224 to 194.
Eight Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the resolution, while three Republicans voted in favor.
Here are the 3 Republicans who turned on Trump and voted with Democrats to pass the measure:
- Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz
- Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie
- Florida Rep. Francis Rooney
Below are the eight Democrats who voted against the bill:
- New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi
- South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham
- New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer
- Oklahoma Rep. Kendra Horn
- Virginia Rep. Elaine Luria
- Utah Rep. Ben McAdams
- Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy
- New York Rep. Max Rose
Breitbart reports that the bill is nothing more than “for show” and that it actually does not to restrict the president’s ability to take military actions with regard to Iran.
Instead, it is a purely political vote that has no actual legal or legislative teeth behind it, and will never make it to the president’s desk even if the U.S. Senate also passes it because of the way House Democrat leadership under Speaker Nancy Pelosi structured the resolution.
By definition, a “concurrent resolution” is “generally employed to address the sentiments of both chambers, to deal with issues or matters affecting both houses, such as a concurrent budget resolution, or to create a temporary joint committee.”
“Concurrent resolutions are not submitted to the president and thus do not have the force of law,” the official definition continues.
In other words, the resolution does not have the force of law even if both Chambers of Congress pass it, because it will never be sent to the president for his signature either adopting it or vetoing it.
Matt Fuller from the Huffington Post described the effort as more like the House of Representatives adopting a “press release”:
Interestingly, the House resolution constraining Trump's war powers is a concurrent resolution, not a joint resolution, meaning it won't carry the force of law. It's more like a press release.
Basically, it's an admission that this is not getting GOP support in the Senate.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 8, 2020
Pelosi actually let it slip on Thursday while speaking with reporters that the Democrats bill is not seriously meant to restrain Trump on Iran.
“This is a statement by the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi said. “I will not have that statement diminished by whether the president will veto it or not.”
The Democrats latest stunt comes one week after Trump approved drone strikes killed Soleimani and Popular Mobilization Forces leader Abu Mahdi al Muhandis outside Baghdad International Airport.
While Democrats and liberals are rushing to defend the Iranian scum — top military officials say Soleimani was planning “imminent attacks” on Americans that would have most likely killed hundreds.
The attacks would have been conducted on American facilities and workers in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon along with other countries in the region.
And on the same day drone strikes ordered by Trump killed two top Iranian military figures in Iraq, what former President Barack Obama was spotted doing speaks volumes.