Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes to Prevent Renewed U.S. Military Role in Iraq
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted to pass a bipartisan resolution that would limit President Barack Obama’s ability to commit U.S. troops to Iraq. The House passed H.Con.Res. 105 with overwhelming support by a vote of 370-40. It prohibits the president from deploying or maintaining U.S. troops in a sustained combat role in Iraq without specific authorization from Congress. The resolution reaffirms the role of Congress in authorizing the use of force overseas.
“Our troops, their families, and the American people deserve to have our engagement in overseas conflicts debated openly, not behind closed doors and without the approval of the U.S. Congress,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War combat veteran. “Right now, we have troops on the ground in Iraq without authorization from Congress for an undetermined period of time. There has yet to be a serious debate in Congress about whether this is in the best interests of the American people. We owe it to our troops, my brothers- and sisters-in-arms, who sacrificed in Iraq for nearly a decade, to have an open debate about whether or not to re-engage our troops in Iraq. As it stands, I do not support sending our troops back into Iraq, to put their lives on the line, in what is essentially a sectarian religious war.
“Congress has the grave responsibility to determine when and where our troops go to war. This resolution seeks to stop what has been a clear shift of power, without legal basis, from the legislative branch to the executive branch in matters of war.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has been an outspoken advocate against renewed and indefinite U.S. involvement in Iraq, calling the ongoing conflict a sectarian civil war.
H.Con.Res. 105 will now go to the Senate for consideration.