Ken Buck Amendment Adopted to Yemen War Powers Resolution
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a war powers resolution (H.J. Res. 37) that seeks to end American military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04), an original co-sponsor of the resolution, introduced an amendment to the resolution to keep our intelligence sharing agreements in place, which was adopted and included in the final measure.
“The brilliance of our Constitution is that it establishes a separation of powers – including the use of military force. Congress must declare war before the President, as Commander-in-Chief, can lead the men and women of our military.
“At least that’s how it is supposed to work. Over the last two decades, Congress has ignored its responsibilities. Congress has allowed Presidents, whether Democrat or Republican, to engage in war without a declaration. That is not what our Constitution requires, and I believe our men and women in military deserve better.
“I co-sponsored H.J. Res. 37 because I strongly believe Congress needs to reassert itself. At the same time, I saw the need for improvements to this resolution, which is why I offered an amendment to ensure intelligence sharing with foreign countries may continue. Today, I was glad to see my colleagues on both sides of the aisle support my amendment, which was ultimately adopted and included in the final resolution.
“Here in Washington, we have a duty to the Constitution and to the American people to declare and oversee our country’s war efforts. For that reason, I supported H.J. Res. 37, which passed the House with bipartisan support in a 248-177 vote. Now, this resolution moves to the Senate for further consideration, and hopefully lands on the President’s desk.”