WASHINGTON — Hawaii’s U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday voted for a resolution demanding the end of military action against Iran without Congressional authorization.
Prior to passage of the non-binding resolution, she took to the House floor, calling on Congress to pass the resolution which she and over 130 members of Congress introduced.
“President Trump has committed an illegal and unconstitutional act of war, pushing our nation headlong into a war with Iran without any authorization from Congress — a war so devastating and costly it would make our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan look like a picnic,” she said.
“In doing so, he has undermined our national security in two critical ways. Number one, Iran is no longer complying with the Iran Nuclear Agreement and is quickly speeding forward in developing their nuclear weapons capability, putting us and the world at greater risk.
“Number two, our troops in Iraq are no longer focusing on preventing a resurgence of ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Instead all of their efforts are now focused on Iranian forces and Iranian-backed Shia militias.”
Last month, Gabbard was criticized for voting “present” on the House impeachment vote. This time, she joined her colleagues in the measure, considered symbolic more than anything, that passed 224-194.
“Congress must act today to stop further escalation of this war. Vote yes on H.Con.Res.83 to uphold the Constitution, which we all took an oath to support. Vote yes to stop Trump’s war with Iran,” she said.
Hawaii’s Rep. Ed Case also voted for the resolution. On Wednesday, he released a statement on the issue:
“Was there any good reason why Congress was not even consulted in advance, much less authorize this action, as required by the spirit if not the letter of the law?” Case asked.
“When and under what circumstances should this or any other president be able to order the killing of a senior military and political leader of this or any other country, especially without Congress’ participation?”
“As a member of Congress with my own constitutional duties, if I had the information with which to make a fully informed judgment on these questions, I might agree with the president’s actions and accept the consequences as necessary. But instead the administration has thus far refused to provide Congress with any reasoned and defensible answers to these questions,” Case said.