WTF - Republicans come out against Iran language they previously supported

Feb 2006
In July, 27 Republicans voted for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to effectively prohibit the president from using military force against Iran without congressional approval. As the House readies to vote on a similar measure Thursday, few, if any, Republicans are likely to support it.

U.S. tension with Iran has escalated since July, resulting in recent attacks from both sides. President Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani has drawn praise from Republicans who believe the administration line about the Quds Force commander and criticism from Democrats who say the intelligence does not support that claim.

The War Powers resolution the House will vote on Thursday directing the president to terminate the use of military force in or against Iran unless Congress authorizes it or such force is needed to defend Americans does not name Trump. But the measure is a referendum on his decisions on Iran, and Republicans don’t want to support Democrats’ latest effort to reprimand the president.

“They’re trying to use this to score political points as opposed to do something constructive,” Rules ranking member Tom Cole told CQ Roll Call.

Cole was one of the 27 Republicans who supported similar language in the NDAA. The amendment by California Rep. Ro Khanna to prohibit federal funds from being used for military force in or against Iran unless Congress has authorized such action was adopted, 251-170, but stripped in conference with the Senate.