Washington, DC – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today (Sept. 13) spoke on the House floor, calling on Congress to condemn the Trump Administration’s protection of al-Qaeda in Idlib, Syria.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said:
“Two days ago, President Trump and Vice President Pence delivered solemn speeches about the attacks on 9/11, talking about how much they care about the victims of al-Qaeda’s attack on our country. But, they are now standing up to protect the 20,000 to 40,000 al-Qaeda and other jihadist forces in Syria, and threatening Russia, Syria, and Iran, with military force if they dare attack these terrorists.
Washington, DC – Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Walter Jones (NC-03) hosted a press conference today to introduce a bipartisan resolution reclaiming Congress’s constitutional right to declare war. H.Res. 922 would define presidential wars not declared by Congress as impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors."
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said: "For decades, Congress has ceded its Constitutional responsibility of deciding whether or not to declare war, to the President. As a result, we have found ourselves in a state of perpetual war, without a declaration of war by Congress and without input from the American people. Since 9/11 alone, our country has spent trillions of dollars on interventionist regime change wars, costing the lives of many Americans, taking a toll on our veterans, and causing people in our communities to struggle and suffer due to a lack of resources. Our bipartisan resolution aims to end presidential wars, and hold Congress accountable so it does its job in making the serious and costly decision about whether or not to send our nation’s sons and daughters to war."
"We are here today because Congress is not meeting its constitutional responsibility," said Congressman Jones. "If Congress does not debate sending your son or daughter to fight for this country, then we don’t need a Congress anyway. Nothing is more sacred or important than sending a man or woman to die for this country."
Media Advisory for July 18—Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Walter Jones (NC-03), along with retired U.S. Marine Captain Matthew Hoh, constitutional lawyer Bruce Fein, Veterans for Peace, and Peace Action, will hold a press conference on Wednesday announcing their introduction of a bipartisan resolution to reclaim Congress’s constitutional right to declare war. H.Res. 922 would define presidential wars not declared by Congress as impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke on the floor today urging support for her amendment in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that upholds Congress’s constitutional power to declare war. The congresswoman’s amendment strikes the language of Section 1225 of the FY2019 NDAA that authorizes the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State to develop and implement a strategy to counter the “destabilizing activities of Iran” and only afterwards inform Congress. The amendment will be on the House floor for a vote tomorrow, May 23.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:
“Make no mistake – the authorization in Section 1225 of the underlying bill authorizes our U.S. military to go to war with Iran, which is one of the main reasons why I voted against this bill in committee. This provision authorizes the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State to ‘develop and implement a strategy with foreign partners to counter the destabilizing activities of Iran.’
Washington, DC – Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Ted Yoho (FL-03) today introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting diplomatic negotiations to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. The bipartisan resolution urges President Trump, Kim Jong-Un, and other regional leaders to exhaust all diplomatic options before any use of military force to de-nuclearize North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held historic diplomatic negotiations Friday, and negotiations between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are expected in the coming weeks.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said: “Nothing is more important to the American people than peace. Unfortunately, there are some calling for preconditions and delays to President Trump’s meeting with Chairman Kim. They clearly do not understand the urgency of the situation and the seriousness of the threat posed to the people of Hawai‘i and this country. We must build on the momentum of today’s historic summit, with President Trump and Kim Jong-Un’s upcoming meeting so that we may achieve denuclearization of North Korea, end the Korean War, and secure peace.”
Rep. Ted Yoho, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific said: “I welcome the President’s decision to negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea. This is clearly a sign that our campaign of pressure is working. As this resolution rightly states, we need to work with our partners towards the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of North Korea’s illicit weapons programs. We will continue to support efforts to achieve this important goal.”
Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s resolution supports U.S. diplomatic efforts on the Korean Peninsula by:
Welcoming the United States-North Korea summit which follows the South Korea-North Korea summit;
Recognizing that the American people are committed to peace and support efforts toward diplomatic negotiations to ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea;
Urging President Trump, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, and regional leaders to engage diplomatically to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and exhaust all non-military policy tools before any use of military force; and
Urging President Trump, partner countries, and members of the United Nations to maintain a campaign of strong economic and diplomatic pressure until North Korea has completely, verifiable and irreversible dismantled all of its nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological weapons programs.