Shouldn't Bush Have to Have Congress Okay War Against Iran? Chet Edwards Doesn't Think So Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

Shouldn't Bush Have to Have Congress Okay War Against Iran? Chet Edwards Doesn't Think So
 


20 May 2007 at 10:44:08 PM
salon

(Reminds me that Chet Edwards office never, despite their promise, answered my question about whether he had been part of the Democrats that stripped the provision out of the war funding bill that Bush can't just up and attack Iran as part of the IRAQ Auth.). Anyway, as part of HR 1585, National Defense Authorization Act, Peter Defazio made an amendment that basically would have prevented Bush preemptively attacking Iran... and it was defeated. Here's the roll call vote.

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H.AMDT.187 to H.R.1585 An amendment numbered 14 printed in House Report 110-151 to clarify that no previously enacted law authorizes military action against Iran. It also prohibits funding authorized by the bill or in any other act from being used to take military action against Iran without specific authorization from Congress unless there is a `national emergency created by an attack by Iran upon the United States, its territories or possessions or its armed forces' (language taken directly from the War Powers Resolution, P.L. 93-148).
Sponsor:
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 5/16/2007)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 5/16/2007 House amendment not agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the DeFazio amendment (A005) Failed by recorded vote: 136 - 288 (Roll no. 365)

I can't imagine why Congress would want to default on its duties in this fashion. Are the Democrats, including Chet Edwards, really for treating war so casually?

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