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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

H. J. Res 37 - Withdrawing Congressional Authorization for Use of Force in Support of Yemeni Government: No

February 13, 2019
Vote Notes on Legislation

H. J. Res 37 - Withdrawing Congressional Authorization for Use of Force in Support of Yemeni Government: No.  I am sympathetic to the concern of supporters that the use of military force can only be authorized by Congress and should only be authorized in response to an attack on U.S. territory or military forces.  However, in the case of U.S. support against the Houthi rebels, the authorization was provided in the Authorization for the Use of Military Force approved by Congress in 2001, which covers the extremist elements directly affiliated with the Houthi rebels like Hezbollah.  I have serious concerns about the way the AUMF was drafted and how it has been pursued, but invoking the War Powers Resolution, which hasn’t been done since the Vietnam war, after Congress has provided authorization is ill advised and will negatively impact our credibility in the region.