Palazzo Strongly Opposed to Pelosi's War Powers Resolution
Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) today voted against H. Con. Res. 83, "Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran." Palazzo delivered the following remarks in opposition to the resolution:
I rise today in strong opposition to this resolution.
Let’s be clear with the American people – Democrats wrote this bill before being briefed by senior intelligence officials on the strike that eliminated Soleimani, a well-known terrorist.
At the end of the day, we all know that this man was responsible for the death of thousands of individuals, including over 600 American service members.
President Trump was absolutely right to respond and acted within his Constitutional authority to protect American citizens. He owes no one an apology. Feelings can be healed but dead Americans cannot be resurrected.
My question for those on the other side of the aisle who are hellbent on undermining this President over political differences is how many more Americans did you want to die before President Trump acted?
Let’s reflect, President Obama authorized over 540 drone strikes killing over 3,700 people and more than 320 civilians. Not a single one was authorized by Congress.
As a veteran and a member of our United States military, I am ashamed at the behavior I am witnessing now. Our military deserves better and so do the American people.During a time where our country should unite behind our Commander in Chief, this resolution turns us against ourselves. I support our men and women in uniform and hope my colleagues on the left will come to their senses to do the same.
I yield back.