Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s Statement on Vote in Support of War Powers Resolution
Washington, January 9, 2020 | Rocio Cruz (202-657-3073)
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted in support of the War Powers Resolution. The Resolution reaffirms the limits imposed on the President under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, and it directs the President to terminate the use of the United States military in hostilities against Iran unless Congress authorizes them or their use is necessary to defend against an imminent armed attack on the United States or our armed forces. It passed the House today with bipartisan support, 224-194.
“This Congress has been asked to answer some of the most serious questions that can come before it at any time. Whether to declare war is a question the Constitution of the United States reserves for the Congress of the United States. And for good reason. The question of whether to send our children, and our neighbors’ children, to war is to be answered by the representatives of the people,” said Congresswoman Fletcher.
“I voted in favor of this resolution because it is essential to honor the brave men and women serving our country in our military by ensuring that we fulfill our own duty to the Constitution when it comes to a declaration of war. It does not prevent Congress from authorizing force against Iran in the future. It does not prevent the President, as Commander-in-Chief, from acting in self-defense or from defending and supporting partners and allies. It simply reasserts what our Constitution requires.”