The 224-194 nearly party line vote attempts to stop President Trump under War Powers Resolution
On Thursday afternoon, the House of Representatives passed the Democratic-led attempt to prevent President Trump from using hostile military action against Iran.
The resolution was due to the result of the administration of justice on Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani last week.
The House Concurrent Resolution 83 (HConRes83) was approved by the House by a nearly party line 224-194 vote, with 8 Democrats voting against it and 3 Republicans voting in favor.
HConRes83 is sponsored by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D, MI) and had 134 cosponsors. Congressman Sean Casten was a cosponsor, while Congresswoman Lauren Underwood was not. Both Casten and Underwood voted in favor.
The voting grid from California Target Book is below to view the names of members voting their resepective ways:
The concurrent resolution faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
The arguments for and against are quite predictable. Casten sent out a 5-part tweet yesterday after the vote on the resolution, which is transcribed below:
“United States civilians both home and abroad and our brave servicemembers need to have confidence that their government, particularly the Executive Branch, has a clear, comprehensive strategy.
“President Trump’s decision to launch the strike without consulting Congress was reckless and yesterday’s classified briefing failed to provide a substantial strategy.
“Ensuring Congress’ constitutional check on the President’s war-making power is a safeguard to ensure that we’re not sending our armed forces into needless conflicts & Americans’ confidence that these important decisions are made in Congress, not in dark rooms at Mar-a-Lago.
“Unilaterally invoking war is no way to govern and risks the safety of all Americans. That’s why I voted for the War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran.
“The American people deserve a complete strategy from this Administration and Congress has a constitutional obligation to ensure this Administration cannot enter a catastrophic conflict with Iran.”Congressman Sean Casten tweets 1/9/20
Here is Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s address to the House opposing the resolution:
Underwood did not tweet or issue a press release on the War Powers concurrent resolution.