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House Democrats Vote to Limit President Trump’s Military Authority Following Attacks From Iran Against U.S. Troops in Iraq

January 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C) released the following statement after the passage of H.Con.Res. 83 to limit President Trump’s authority in the fight against Iranian aggression:

“In an attempt to satisfy their Trump Derangement Syndrome, House Democrats are putting party over U.S. national security with this unprecedented and unconstitutional piece of legislation. Instead of promoting unity and seeking justice in the Middle East, the Democrats are more comfortable openly shackling our Commander-in-Chief and encouraging further Iranian attacks against American interests.”

H.Con.Res. 83 limits President Trump’s authority as Commander-in-Chief and would “terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran or any part of its government or military.”

The text of the resolution does not mention earlier Iranian aggression, including Iran’s attacks that resulted in the death of a U.S. military contractor in Iraq. General Qaesem Soleimani and Iran have launched more than a dozen attacks against the U.S. in the last two months and are directly responsible for the death of hundreds of American service members in Iraq.

The legislation is in the form of a concurrent resolution, which is enacted after passage through the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate by a simple majority but does not require presidential approval. In 1983, the Supreme Court ruled that a simple majority of Congress cannot overrule the authority of the President without his approval or disapproval, as decided in INS v. Chadha

The full text of the resolution can be found here.