House Votes to Handcuff President Trump’s Ability to Fight Terrorism

This week, Nancy Pelosi forced two votes that undermine President Trump’s ability to defend our country and our allies against terrorists and rogue regimes.  The first bill repeals the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) which has been used by Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump to combat terrorism, including our recent actions to eliminate the threat posed by Iranian terrorist Qasem Soleimani. Passing this bill projects American weakness and uncertainty in the face of growing threats. The second bill blocks the use of military funding for any use of force in or against Iran unless Congress has declared war. This does nothing more than embolden our enemies and alienate our allies, at a time when Iran and its proxies are still trying to kill Americans.

Also, in an historically unprecedented move, Democrats denied Republicans the opportunity to offer ANY amendments on these dangerous bills.  For over a hundred years, the majority party in the House of Representatives, whether Republican or Democrat, has always given the minority party the opportunity to offer at least one amendment to each significant piece of legislation.  Nancy Pelosi’s move to break this rule is another egregious example of her hyper-partisan leadership and broken agenda.

I voted no on both bills because they seriously weaken our national security and unconstitutionally limit President Trump’s authority to defend America.  While I do believe that Congress should revisit the 2002 AUMF, this must be done on a bipartisan basis to fully address our national security. These two bills, however, are not motivated by national security. They are motivated by a blind hatred for President Trump and represent an irresponsible attempt to undercut him when our troops are under increasing international threat.   

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