Rep. Schneider on why he supports war powers resolution

January 9, 2020
In The News

Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois' 10th district spoke Thursday on the House floor in Washington ahead of voting in support of a non-binding resolution calling for a halt to military action against Iran in the wake of the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

"Soleimani was an evil man. A terrorist. A war criminal. No one should mourn his demise. But that doesn't change the question of who has the authority to take our nation into war," Schneider said.

Watch the video above for his full comments.

The war powers resolution is not binding on the president and would not require his signature. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nonetheless insisted it "has real teeth" because "it is a statement of the Congress of the United States."

The measure will "protect American lives and values" by limiting Trump's military actions, Pelosi said. "The administration must de-escalate and must prevent further violence.''

The House passed the measure, 224-194, with just three Republicans voting in support. Eight Democrats opposed the measure.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.