Slotkin’s Bipartisan War Powers Resolution Heads to the President’s Desk for Signature

March 12, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on final passage of U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin’s (MI-08) bipartisan War Powers Resolution today, sending it to the President’s desk for signature. The House’s vote today approves a Senate version (S.J.Res.68), of Slotkin’s War Powers resolution (H.Con.Res.83), which passed the House on January 9 with bipartisan support. Now that the House and Senate have approved a single version, the legislation will move to the President’s desk for signature.

The resolution requires any President to seek the Authorization for Use of Military Force from Congress before taking the country into a protracted war with Iran. It does not limit the President’s power to use force in self defense. Slotkin is a former CIA analyst and Shia militia expert who served three tours in Iraq focusing on Iranian-backed militias, and as a senior Pentagon official focused on the region.

“Today we took a final vote in the House to pass the bipartisan War Powers Resolution, which passed the Senate on February 13,” Slotkin said. “This is the Senate version of the War Powers Resolution I sponsored, and that passed the House on January 9. The next stop is the President’s desk.”

“This resolution simply re-states what is already required by law: any President must get authorization from Congress before taking us into protracted war. It states this while also making clear that the Administration always retains the right to act in self defense for ourselves or our allies. Regardless of whether or not the President vetoes this legislation, I’m proud that we will have achieved our core aim in introducing the War Powers Resolution: we have started a conversation, between both parties and in the House and the Senate, on Congress’ constitutional role in sending our troops into harm’s way.

“As an Army wife with a step-daughter and son-in-law currently on active duty, I feel strongly Congress has long abdicated its Constitutional responsibility to debate the most serious decision we can make. For the better part of the past 20 years, the parties have shied away from a fulsome debate about the use of force. In passing this bipartisan War Powers Resolution, we reclaim that authority. And the fact that this resolution has passed with bipartisan support in the House and Senate shows that both Republicans and Democrats are ready to do so.”

“We've been at war for two decades but only twice in that time has Congress actually debated legislation on the authorization of the use of military force that was sent to the President’s desk. In the past two months, Congress has spent nearly 10 hours on a long-overdue, bipartisan, public debate about the authorization for the use of military force, and as an Army mom I’ll take that as better than nothing.”

“I do not believe the President wants war in the Middle East. I therefore urge him to heed the bipartisan message we are sending in this resolution. We owe it to our military –– and to ourselves as a nation –– to provide our troops clarity and unity on when we do or do not want them sent into war.”