Chairman Deutch Statement on War Powers Resolution
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, issued this statement following passage of the War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res.83) to require President Trump to seek an explicit Authorization for Use of Military Force before taking the country into a protracted war with Iran:
"Qassem Soleimani was a ruthless terrorist with the blood of American soldiers on his hands. We do not mourn his death. The question before Congress today is not about this dead terror leader. It is about whether to allow the President to steamroll the separation of powers and bypass Congress when going to war. The authority to declare war resides with Congress, not the President.
"The American people deserve to know when the President is considering using military force and sending our brave men and women into battle. Our troops deserve the clarity of a clearly-defined authority outlining their mission. And while the United States must maintain our right and ability to defend ourselves, we cannot justify war with Iran by using an 18-year-old authorization to go after Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. That outdated authorization must be repealed to prevent its improper use in the future, and Congress must have a robust debate about any future authorization.
"I took this vote out of respect for our Constitution and the rule of law, and to ensure the safety of our servicemembers and the security of our nation. Defense of our nation must remain our priority, and today's action in no way limits the President's ability to respond to imminent threats against our nation and its servicemembers.
"But before any president makes the solemn decision to send American forces to war, he or she must come before Congress to provide justification and seek authority for the use of military force.
"Our brave servicemembers and their loved ones deserve no less. Our Constitution requires no less."