WASHINGTON — The House passed a resolution Thursday evening calling on President Donald Trump to limit action against Iran following the US attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani without congressional authorization last week.
The resolution, however, is what’s identified as a concurrent resolution, meaning it’s nonbinding and will not go to the president’s desk. Still, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi contended Thursday morning at her weekly press conference that the resolution has “real teeth.”
The resolution passed on a 224–194 vote Thursday evening. Eight Democrats voted against it, and three Republicans traversed party lines to approve it.
Rep. Max Rose, a first-term New York Democrat, was one of the eight Democrats to vote against the measure. He said in a statement before the vote, “I refuse to play politics with war and peace.” Other Democrats who opposed the resolution included: Reps. Anthony Brindisi of New York, Ben McAdams of Utah, Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, and Kendra Horn of Oklahoma.
Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, one of the president’s most intimate confederates in Congress, accompanied Reps. Thomas Massie and Francis Rooney of Florida in splitting with fellow Republicans to vote in support of the resolution. “I support the president. Killing Soleimani was the right decision, but engaging in another forever war in the Middle East would be the wrong decision. And that’s why I’m voting for this resolution,” Gaetz stated in an announcement.
Rep. Justin Amash, who abandoned the Republican Party and became an independent last year, voted no.