Democratic Rep. Max Rose for New York’s 11th District, spoke out against supporting the war powers resolution, pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), after accusing President Donald Trump of not consulting Congress before carrying out the operation that removed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
On his website, Rose, who is also a war veteran, wrote,”President Trump was justified in killing a terrorist who was responsible for the murder of hundreds of American service members and was in the process of planning to kill more.”
“I appreciate the president’s efforts to de-escalate conflict in the face of Iranian retaliation and support his diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions to advance our goals of ensuring Iran does not gain nuclear weapons and to end their support of terrorist activities,” Rose added in the statement.
Rose also said no one should mourn or grieve the death of someone who had claimed the lives of hundreds of U.S. soldiers, referring to the disapproval of the air strike that killed the Iranian general by some members of his party.
The former war veteran said that issues of war and peace should be addressed through the authorization of the use of military force, considering the actions of Congress for long-term wars.
“It should not be dealt with messaging documents and straight-up politics. Congress is not a rapid response PR agency. It is a serious body. We’ve got to treat it as such,” the Democratic representative added.
“Unfortunately, today’s war powers resolution is a nonbinding resolution that simply restates existing law and sends the message that war is imminent. I refuse to play politics with questions of war and peace and therefore will not support this resolution,” Rose added.
Rose said Congress needs to address the constitutional duties of authorizing the use of military force, saying that this is not what the recent resolution sought.
“I continue to believe the decades-old Authorizations for Use of Military Force should be repealed and replaced with a framework that authorizes continued operations against global terrorists while properly constraining presidential war powers,” he added in the statement.
According to Fox News, the resolution was expected to be voted on Thursday, Jan. 9, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said her party members “have serious and urgent concerns about the administration’s decision to participate in hostilities against Iran and about its lack of strategy to move forward.”
The measure states, “Congress has not authorized the president to use military force against Iran” and “directs the president to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran or any part of its government or military,” according to the media.
As Breitbart News has pointed out, Rose, who voted for the impeachment articles against Trump, occupies a district that includes all of Staten Island and part of Brooklyn.
Although he won the seat after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, for this year’s upcoming election, his position is at stake because several Republicans are claiming the seat.
Besides Rose, there are 7 other Democratic legislators who oppose the war powers resolution led by Nancy Pelosi: Rep. Andy Brindisi (N.Y.), Rep. Joe Cunnigham (S.C.), Rep. Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Rep. Kendra Horn (Okla.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Ben McAdams (Utah) and Stephanie Murphy (Fla.).