Slotkin Statement on Iran War Powers Resolution Veto

May 6, 2020
Press Release

HOLLY, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today released the following statement on President Trump’s veto of S.J.Res. 68, the Senate version of the bipartisan War Powers Resolution that Slotkin introduced (H.Con.Res.83), which passed the House on January 9, 2020 with bipartisan support.

"The President’s veto of this legislation is disappointing but not surprising,” Slotkin said. “What is more important, and will have lasting impact, is that Congress has taken a bipartisan step to reassert its constitutional role in matters of peace and war. The authority to declare war, the most consequential decision our government can make, rests with Congress. For too long, Congress has abdicated that responsibility. In this instance Congress, on a bipartisan basis, took its responsibility to discuss and debate these issues seriously."

"Contrary to the President’s statement, he — and any president — always retains the right to self defense. This was stated clearly in the bill. The resolution simply reiterated the roles laid out in the Constitution on the declaration of war. And that is why it received bipartisan support — because it confirmed what is laid out in the U.S. Constitution. No more, but certainly no less."

The resolution would require 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 defense policy in the region.