Matt Gaetz Votes With Democrats To Restrain Trump's Ability To Make War On Iran
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz — a staunch defender of President Donald Trump — joined two other House Republicans in crossing party lines to vote yes on the Iran War Powers resolution seeking to curtail Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran without congressional approval.
CNN reported that Gaetz, Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida and Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky all joined Democrats to vote in favor of the resolution, which passed Thursday night in a vote of 224-194.
While three Republicans crossed over to vote yes, eight Democrats joined the majority of the GOP in voting against it: Reps. Ben McAdams of Utah, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, and Max Rose and Anthony Brindisi of New York.
CNN noted that there is disagreement over whether the resolution is legally binding, as such measures generally carry no legal weight: The resolution “was introduced as a concurrent resolution, a type of resolution often used for ‘sense of Congress’ bills. They don't go to the President for a signature, and they aren't legally binding.”
However, the news outlet reported, “House Democrats are arguing that concurrent resolutions under the War Powers Act are a special case, and they are legally binding.”
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) is the sponsor of the resolution, which “calls on the President ‘to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran’ unless Congress declares war or enacts ‘specific statutory authorization’ for the use of armed forces.”