Smucker Votes No on The Democrats’ Resolution to Weaken America

January 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) released the following statement after voting No to limit the President’s war powers.

“On the heels of the Democrats’ partisan impeachment failure, they are once again working to weaken America and ignore the Constitution simply because they disagree with the President.”

Iran and its terrorist proxies have waged a decades-long campaign of violence and terror against America, our service members, and our allies, with Soleimani playing a key role.” Smucker Says

Soleimani was named a terrorist by the U.S. in 2005 and is directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American military service members and the wounding of thousands more. He is responsible for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last month, which Iran-backed militants tried to burn down while writing “Soleimani is our leader” on the walls of our U.S Embassy.

In the last two months alone, Iran has used its proxies in Iraq to launch more than a dozen rocket attacks aimed at U.S forces or interests. In June of last year, Iran shot-down a 200-million-dollar U.S drone using a surface-to-air missile over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz. In September, the Iranians used a drone to attack the world’s largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia. The President showed restraint and did not respond to these acts of aggression from Iran.

On December 27th, an American Contractor was killed by a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that the Intelligence community believe was orchestrated by Iran at the leadership of Soleimani. Soleimani continued to actively develop plans to strike U.S. diplomatic personnel and service members throughout the region.

Acting with intelligence given from the President’s top generals, and the joint chiefs of staff, the President was able to swiftly and decisively take action against the world’s leading aggressor of terror, Qassem Soleimani.

The safety and security of the American people at home and abroad should be the central focus of our foreign policy. I support President Trump for taking decisive action against General Soleimani. 

A President’s ability to act swiftly and decisively with flexibility is critical for our continued national security. Under the AUMF, previously approved by Congress, the President has the authority to defend the national security of the United States against threats emanating from Iraq- where the strike took place and where Soleimani spent years cultivating violent Iran-backed proxies. It should be noted; the two prior administration have utilized the AUMF to conduct strikes throughout the world.

This partisan resolution is unconstitutional. At a time when America should have a united front, this sends a message to Iran and other oppressive regimes across the world that our country is not united. It is imperative that Congress work with President Trump, the Department of Defense, Department of Treasury and our intelligence agencies as we seek to protect America and deter Iran.

This resolution is dangerous and would only embolden Iran and other global bad actors to continue exporting terror on other nations and American interests without fear of American retaliation. It casts doubt on U.S. resolve and demonstrates a lack of unity within our Government.

“I strongly oppose this partisan messaging document that will never become law,” concluded Smucker