The House passed a War Powers Resolution to restrain President Trump’s military actions in Iran.
Congressman Anthony Brindisi was one of eight democrats that voted in opposition of the War Powers Resolution.
Brindisi sent this statement:
“Qasem Soleimani was a terrorist with the blood of American soldiers and allies on his hands. There is no question he was brought to justice. I voted against today’s resolution because I believe it is dangerous to limit our ability to respond to new and evolving threats from Iran and its proxies. The American people do not want war with Iran, but we have to be able to protect the safety of the American people and our servicemembers in harm’s way. Congress must demand answers, conduct rigorous oversight, and work with the Administration on a comprehensive, pragmatic strategy for the Middle East that promotes peace and regional stability. Above all, the safety of our nation and its servicemembers must be our top priority.”
Brindisi says this is a non-binding resolution.
"If the Senate takes up the version of the resolution, and passes it, I question whether or not it would have any effect because its non-binding, the President does not have to follow it," Brindisi said.
Congressman Antonio Delgado voted in favor of the resolution.
Delgado sent this statement:
“Today I voted for the War Powers Resolution to end United States Armed Forces’ engagement in hostilities with Iran. Congress is a co-equal branch of government, and the Constitution dictates that we have the sole power to declare war. The American people and Congress must have a clear understanding from the Administration of its plans to de-escalate tensions with this hostile power and ensure our nation is not once again staring down a costly and unending war. We cannot send American servicemembers and diplomats into harm's way without a thorough grasp of the mission and objectives.”