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Gohmert on Vote Against Repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002

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Washington, January 31, 2020 | comments

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his vote against repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002:

“The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2002 is outdated, overbroad, and needs to be replaced. However, rather than working with Republicans for a bipartisan way to do that, Democrats raced to get a quick vote during the week of impeachment to strip the President of power to deal with terrorists and terrorist-supporting countries at the worst possible time. Completely repealing the AUMF without a replacement will seriously hamper President Trump’s authority to defend the United States from terrorist organizations. Even worse, this vote in the House is sending a message to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Russia, & China that our President is in a weakened position. To strip him of power to take action in Iraq also tells Iran that any attacks on the US should come through Iraq. History teaches a severe lesson that ‘Weakness is provocative.’ If you want more terrorist attacks on your people, your embassies, or your assets, let terrorists see Congress take this action.  Under the current rules, they launched rockets into the Green Zone striking our embassy just four days ago. I want a new AUMF, but this is a political stunt that puts Americans at risk through Democrats irrational efforts to hurt President Trump.”  

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