Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) released the following statement after voting against H. Con. Res. 83. The resolution passed the House of Representatives 224-194. Should it be taken up and passed in the Senate, the resolution would express the sense of Congress that the president should not be able to use force in or against Iran without Congressional approval. Since concurrent resolutions are not sent to the president and therefore cannot be signed by the president, they do not have the force of law.
"Today, the House passed a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the president's power to prevent terrorist attacks by Iran should be stripped. I voted against it,"
said Murphy. "No matter what opinion you may have about President Trump, Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike should always do what is best for our brave service members overseas. Requiring Congressional approval to use force in response to intelligence about imminent threats to U.S. soldiers would be impractical, dangerous and could cost lives."
"Thankfully this is a non-binding resolution. Tying the Commander-in-Chief's hands, regardless of party, is a mistake. I know that the president, in conjunction with his advisers, will continue to closely monitor the situation in the Middle East. The administration will be balancing our priorities of achieving peace and ensuring the safety of our brave men and women overseas."
- Michael Mead
- Communications Director
- Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03)
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