Schneider Speaks in Debate on War Powers, Votes to Support Resolution
Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) voted to support H.Con.Res.83, which directs the President, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran.
Schneider spoke on the House floor during the debate on the resolution.
Schneider remarks as prepared:
“I rise today in strong support of the War Powers Resolution introduced by my colleague from Michigan, Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.
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.
It is Congress, and only Congress that is endowed with the most solemn duty to decide if, when and where to commit our nation to war. At the same time, as commander in chief, it is incumbent upon our President to ensure that the fine men and women who serve in our military are only sent into harm’s way after careful deliberation, and tasked with missions that protect and further American interests and reflect the values and high moral standing of our nation.
Our country’s founders, in their foresight, provided us a robust and resilient constitutional republic and representative government. They wisely understood that taking a nation to war should not be a unilateral decision of a single person, but a considered decision by the people’s elected representatives.
This Administration does not have Congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) or a declaration of war against Iran. Ultimately, any sustained action against Iran requires Congressional approval.
Today’s resolution reflects the intentions of our founders, it makes clear the President must seek authorization from Congress for any extended military engagement with Iran, without restricting his ability to protect the nation from imminent threats.
I have the honor or representing Naval Station Great Lakes, where every enlisted sailor receives his or her basic training. I am also the proud father of a son serving in the Navy. We owe it to these Americans, each one a volunteer answering the call to serve our country, to protect the Constitution and live up the expectations of our Founders.
The American people do not want an unnecessary war with Iran. Today’s resolution prevents President Trump from unilaterally or impulsively starting one.
I urge my colleagues to vote yes.”