Rep. Burchett votes against meaningless Iranian war powers resolution

January 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) voted against House Concurrent Resolution 83, the Iranian War Powers Resolution.
This non-binding concurrent resolution states the United States Armed Forces should not engage in hostilities with Iran, but does not take any actual Congressional action to influence our military’s actions in Iran. Additionally, the concurrent resolution describes General Qassem Soleimani simply as “the architect of Iran’s destabilizing activities” rather than as a terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans.
Rep. Burchett said the lack of definitive action in this resolution along with its language minimizing and normalizing the evil and brutal nature of General Soleimani’s crimes gave him cause to vote against this legislation. 

“I strongly oppose involving the United States in a full-scale war with Iran, and I want our brave American men and women stationed in the Middle East brought home soon,” said Rep. Burchett. “This resolution does nothing. Instead, it is being used as a political tool by the House majority. It also misleads the American public by making Soleimani sound like a simple Iranian government leader, ignoring the fact that he is a terrorist responsible for killing hundreds of Americans. As long as our forces are in the Middle East, we must continue to defend our troops in the region.”