WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today voted against a resolution she said would unduly limit the United States’ ability to respond to threats from Iran or its proxies. Murphy, a former national security specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense, said while she has serious concerns about the Trump administration’s long-term strategy in the Middle East, the War Powers Act of 1973 already restricts a president’s power to engage in military action without the consent of Congress.
Statement by U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy:
“There is no question Qassem Soleimani met his just end. While Americans may have different views on the timing and wisdom of the strike on Soleimani, the United States now faces new and evolving threats from Iran and its proxies—and tens of thousands of American servicemembers and other personnel remain in harm’s way. We must be prepared to act swiftly, proportionally, and effectively to keep America and our allies safe.
“The War Powers Act of 1973 already restricts the president’s ability to engage our nation in military conflict without authorization from Congress. Based on my experience as a national security specialist in the Pentagon and on classified briefings, I voted against the War Powers Resolution today because I am not prepared to unduly limit our nation’s ability to respond to different contingencies that may arise.
“At the same time, I believe Congress must conduct rigorous oversight to ensure the administration has a pragmatic and principled strategy for the broader Middle East—one that safeguards America and our allies from the Iranian government’s darkest impulses, but also seeks to avoid unnecessary escalation between our two countries that could lead to war. Preserving peace, stability, and the security of all Americans must be our top priority.”