Attacks from the Left

House Passes What Will Likely Be Meaningless War Powers Resolution

Following an escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran, disgruntled Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have voted in favor of a War Powers Resolution meant to limit President Trump’s military action toward Iran.

As expected, the resolution passed almost entirely along party lines, but both parties had some defectors. Eight Democrats voted against the measure and three Republicans voted in favor of it. Independent Rep. Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party last year, also voted in favor of the measure.

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“We deserve the respect from the administration and that Congress deserves under the Constitution,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on the House floor. “The Constitution of the United States calls that there be cooperation when initiating hostilities.”

The resolution is “nonbinding,” which means it is pretty much a meaningless gesture — more symbolic than legal — but the Democrats say it’s a reminder that the Constitution requires Congressional approval to go to war and said conflict with Iran could have serious consequences that deserve public consideration.

Both the House and Senate are introducing their own legislation proposals to put control of military actions firmly in the hands of Congress.

The move comes in the aftermath of a Trump administration briefing on the killing of high-ranking Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

“It’s an insult to the Constitution,” Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said. “The Constitution said the power to declare war was to be given to Congress. They specifically did not give that power to the president.”

The measure also aimed to handcuff Trump when it comes to future strikes.

The resolution says that “Congress has not authorized the president to use military force against Iran.” The measure “directs the president to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran or any part of its government or military” unless there is a specific blessing by Congress.

“The president has the right and duty to protect this nation and our citizens from terrorism. That’s what he continues to do, and the world is safer for it,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley responded. “This House resolution tries to undermine the ability of the U.S. Armed Forces to prevent terrorist activity by Iran and its proxies, and attempts to hinder the president’s authority to protect America and our interests in the region from the continued threats. These Congressional actions are completely misguided. In fact, this ridiculous resolution is just another political move because, under well-established Supreme Court precedent, it’s non-binding and lacks the force of law.”

Members of the Trump administration and many Republicans contend the president’s actions fall under a law signed a week after 9/11 granting presidents the authority to use force against terrorists and nations that harbor them.

“For the party that claims they care about the Constitution, Democrats might want to brush up on their facts,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “If they did, they’d realize their actions today are shameful and are embarrassing even by the low standards they set in their impeachment inquiry.”

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  • Cliff
    11 January 2020 at 4:26 pm
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    Just like the endless “investigations”,and SCAM “impeachment”, this purely “symbolic vote” was just ANOTHER waste of time,and OUR taxpayer dollars (FOR SHOW)apparently, the DEMOCOMMUNISTS (and some RINOS) would rather see the American people, and our Military, attacked by their “friends”, than give OUR PRESIDENT the RIGHT to defend us, (and our overseas stationed Military warriors) from harm.
    This SICK, TWISTED, partisanship bickering is getting OLD. American people, Remember this in November, when you step into a polling booth of WHICH “party” (and PRESIDENT) is protecting you, and which “party” doesn’t give a rat’s butt about “We the people”, and would rather protect the enemies of America by “warning them” (which in MY opinion is treason) than give OUR POTUS another WIN that will keep US and our soldiers safe.

  • wayne weaver
    11 January 2020 at 4:45 pm
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    THERE IS THE NUTTY 9 TH AND NOW THE NUTTY HOUSE OF REP’S

  • RICHARD S GIESER
    11 January 2020 at 5:26 pm
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    So according to Nancy it’s the fault of congress that we are still in Afghanistan.

  • Jacqueline Thurston
    11 January 2020 at 5:27 pm
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    It is obvious that the demon-crats Don’t care about the safety of our country. The only thing that they care about is trying to ruin President Trump’s credibility. Nancy Pelosi needs to be removed from Congress immediately and be prosecuted for treason!!!!! She has done nothing but try and undermine everything that our President has been trying to do for THE PEOPLE of whom she obviously cares nothing about.She has lied to us for far to long and she NEEDS TO GO!!!

  • Lisa
    11 January 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    Read the definition of treason in the constitution you idiots . You seems to know so much. Anyone defending the enemy is an act of treason. I call to arrest all those. Nancy definitely would have called and warned him. These people of the Democratic Party deserve the political suicidal they’re doing to themselves. The squad is especially guilty. Did anyone miss when Omar actually was actually laughing when talking about the dead Americans? We need to get rid of these people who keep twisting our constitution for their own gain. I hope the senate goes after them for their crimes. The president does have the right if it’s a split second decision. Would she rather have him wait until he got to where civilians were. Americans really hate them now. Shame political gain takes presidency over the lives of America that they are sworn to protect. Make no mistake they are not protecting you by adding the work constitution to their statements. Anyone who thinks this are idiot of the ninth degree.

  • steve
    11 January 2020 at 5:52 pm
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    SOOO someone tell me “SOMETHING” that the DEMOCRATS have done in three years that is “MEANINGFUL”?????

  • Harietto
    11 January 2020 at 7:09 pm
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    Democrats forget its one commander in chief who makes the final decision and that’s the president. They don’t want to give President Trump credit that’s why rules have to change so he can’t take the credit alone.

  • Cecelia Henderson
    11 January 2020 at 9:09 pm
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    If Congress is going to be in charge of every military and nonmilitary skirmish, why do we need a Commander In Chief? Just set up a Congressional Committee to discuss, investigate and debate each one of them and let them make the decision. Of course, America would be one large crater in the ground by the time our Congress got back from one of their vacations, foreign trips or illnesses. I just think someone is trying to grab more power in day to day Presidential operations, by expanding the meaning of “War”. You know how those Democrats enjoy renaming, altering, and/or amending wording, rules, and Laws, normally done in the dead of night behind closed doors. Examples: Obamacare changes by Obama, Form changes by Democrats trying to get an invalid Whistleblower authorized, etc.

  • CHRIS HINES
    11 January 2020 at 9:13 pm
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    Just how many worthless resolutions have Dems passed these past three years knowing they would never go anywhere. The Senates trash cans are filled with them. Every time Trump does something they pull out their pens and pass another one only for it to go straight into the trash. Anything thats good for the American people has to be dragged thru them and forced for them to do. Only after public opinion gets so bad they finally pass one. Dems have done nothing for the American people for over three years except what they had to. Time for a change in our House.

  • Shelba
    12 January 2020 at 4:29 am
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    Again peloser is trying to usurp the presidents powers, she is spitting in the wind by passing a useless bill instead of tending to official business, she seems to forget just who is the real commander in chief, democRATS have lost all responsibility for getting on with helping US citizens they are all about what they can do for illegals, they were not elected to represent illegals, they were elected to represent US citizens, the democRATS have abandoned us so now it is time we abandon them, vote a straight republican ballot in November, its time we shoved these people that have forgotten that they are Americans right out of their capacity to be our so called representatives

  • Djea3
    12 January 2020 at 1:03 pm
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    There is NO right of The HOUSE to abate the rights of the Commmander-In-Chief with regard to reactions military and terrorist activity. There is no right of the HOUSE to control foreign policy and there certainly is not right of the HOUSE to attempt to make the President responsible to report top secret information to TRAITORS in the HOUSE that are already known to release top secret information to the public and to our enemies.
    The Democrats can pass what they like as a house resolution, however it holds no sway over the President’s Power to PROTECT and SECURE this Nation as that right is inalienably endowed to the President ALONE through the United States Constitution.
    IN fact, it is my opinion that any attempt to take powers endowed specifically to the President by the United States Constitution is an attempt to overthrow the country and the will of its people.
    It is possibly time that the PEOPLE begin to RISE UP against the HOUSE ITSELF.

  • Nr
    13 January 2020 at 5:22 pm
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    These treasonous hypocrite libs(lying sack of Schiff) don’t know the meaning of the truth! They are at it again and just as mentally deranged as the rest of the Globalists NAZI Muslim Commie Liberal Demoncrats! Deep State, Pelosi, Waters, Schumer, Hollywood, Academia, Fake News, Swamp News and you know the rest!! ‪Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these lying Fake News deep state treasonous Godless NAZI commie liberal demoncrats and RINOs post-haste,Patriots! Drain the rat infested swamp President Trump!‬

  • allan enkin
    13 January 2020 at 8:35 pm
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    Have the Democrats reached a point of their hatred for Trump that they now are now defending the worlds number one terrorist state. Now how crazy is that! John Kerry, former secretary of State under Obama,recently argued” the way forward is to reestablish the nuclear agreement with Iran”, enabling it to become a nuclear power. It would appear the Democrats will not give up on their policy of “appeasement”.

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