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Biden Under Fire: ‘These Airstrikes Have Not Been Authorized By Congress’

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Several Democratic lawmakers criticized President Biden for launching airstrikes against Houthi targets in Yemen without congressional approval, arguing that it was unconstitutional and a violation of the War Powers Act.

They emphasized the need for congressional authorization before military involvement in overseas conflicts, expressing concerns about getting entangled in prolonged conflicts.

The airstrikes were prompted by Houthi attacks on shipping vessels in the Red Sea, with the administration citing a commitment to protecting global trade routes as justification for the action. (Trending: Hunter Biden’s Art Scheme Exposed By GOP Probe)

“The President needs to come to Congress before launching a strike against the Houthis in Yemen and involving us in another middle east [sic] conflict,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) wrote. “That is Article I of the Constitution. I will stand up for that regardless of whether a Democrat or Republican is in the White House.”

“Section 2C of the War Powers Act is clear: POTUS may only introduce the US into hostilities after Congressional authorization or in a national emergency when the U.S. is under imminent attack,” Khanna added.

“Reporting is not a substitute. This is a retaliatory, offensive strike.”

“These airstrikes have NOT been authorized by Congress. The Constitution is clear: Congress has the sole authority to authorize military involvement in overseas conflicts. Every president must first come to Congress and ask for military authorization, regardless of party,” Rep. Val Hoyle (D-OR) said.

“The White House must work with Congress before continuing these airstrikes in Yemen,” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) said.

“The people do not want more of our taxpayer dollars going to endless war and the killing of civilians,” Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) wrote.

“The United States carries a special, historic obligation to help protect and defend these arteries of global trade and commerce,” a senior administration official stated.

“And this action falls directly in line with that tradition. That is clearly reflected in both our national security strategy and the national defense strategy. It is a key conviction of the president and it is a commitment that we are prepared to uphold.”

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