War: The Devil is in the Details

In May 2018, Tulsi Gabbard warned her congressional colleagues that H.R. 5515: John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA-FY2019) included a measure that authorized the White House to orchestrate and wage war against Iran, and attempted to have the measure removed.

A summary published by the Chairman of the National Defense Authorization Act confirmed that the measure, “Authorizes the Secretary of Defense, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, to develop and to implement a strategy with foreign partner countries to counter the destabilizing activities of Iran.”

Members of the House of Representatives who voted with Tulsi, to REMOVE the NDAA-FY2019 measure that authorized the Countering Iran Strategy:

Amash
Burgess
Capuano
Cárdenas
Castor (FL)
Chu, Judy
Clark (MA)
Clay
Cleaver
Crowley
Davis, Danny
DeGette
DeSaulnier
Dingell
Doggett
Duncan (TN)
Ellison
Eshoo
Espaillat
Evans
Fudge
Gabbard
Grijalva
Gutiérrez
Huffman
Jayapal
Jeffries
Johnson (GA)
Jones
Khanna
Labrador
Larsen (WA)
Lee
Lofgren
Massie
Matsui
McGovern
McNerney
Moore
Napolitano
Nolan
O’Rourke
Pingree
Pocan
Polis
Raskin
Richmond
Sánchez
Sanford
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Serrano
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Thompson (CA)
Tonko
Waters, Maxine
Welch
Wilson (FL)
Yoho

Members of the House of Representatives who voted to RETAIN the NDAA-FY2019 measure that authorized the Countering Iran Strategy:

Abraham
Adams
Aderholt
Aguilar
Allen
Amodei
Arrington
Babin
Bacon
Banks (IN)
Barletta
Barr
Barragán
Barton
Bass
Beatty
Bera
Bergman
Beyer
Biggs
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (MI)
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blum
Blumenauer
Blunt Rochester
Bonamici
Bost
Boyle, Brendan F.
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Brat
Brooks (AL)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (MD)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Buck
Bucshon
Budd
Bustos
Butterfield
Byrne
Calvert
Carbajal
Carson (IN)
Carter (GA)
Carter (TX)
Cartwright
Castro (TX)
Chabot
Cheney
Cicilline
Clarke (NY)
Clyburn
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Comer
Comstock
Conaway
Connolly
Cook
Cooper
Correa
Costa
Costello (PA)
Courtney
Cramer
Crawford
Crist
Cuellar
Culberson
Cummings
Curbelo (FL)
Curtis
Davidson
Davis (CA)
Davis, Rodney
DeFazio
Delaney
DeLauro
DelBene
Demings
Denham
DeSantis
DesJarlais
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Doyle, Michael F.
Duffy
Duncan (SC)
Dunn
Emmer
Engel
Estes (KS)
Esty (CT)
Faso
Ferguson
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Flores
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Frankel (FL)
Frelinghuysen
Gaetz
Gallagher
Gallego
Garamendi
Garrett
Gianforte
Gibbs
Gohmert
Gomez
Gonzalez (TX)
Goodlatte
Gosar
Gottheimer
Gowdy
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (LA)
Graves (MO)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffith
Grothman
Guthrie
Hanabusa
Handel
Harper
Harris
Hartzler
Hastings
Heck
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Hice, Jody B.
Higgins (NY)
Hill
Himes
Holding
Hollingsworth
Hoyer
Hudson
Huizenga
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurd
Issa
Jackson Lee
Jenkins (KS)
Jenkins (WV)
Johnson (LA)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, E. B.
Johnson, Sam
Jordan
Joyce (OH)
Kaptur
Katko
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kelly (MS)
Kelly (PA)
Kennedy
Kihuen
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
Kinzinger
Knight
Krishnamoorthi
Kuster (NH)
Kustoff (TN)
LaHood
LaMalfa
Lamb
Lamborn
Lance
Langevin
Larson (CT)
Latta
Lawrence
Lawson (FL)
Lesko
Levin
Lewis (MN)
Lieu, Ted
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Long
Loudermilk
Love
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lujan Grisham, M.
Luján, Ben Ray
Lynch
MacArthur
Maloney, Carolyn B.
Maloney, Sean
Marchant
Marino
Marshall
Mast
McCarthy
McCaul
McClintock
McCollum
McEachin
McHenry
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McSally
Meadows
Meeks
Meng
Messer
Mitchell
Moolenaar
Mooney (WV)
Moulton
Mullin
Murphy (FL)
Nadler
Neal
Newhouse
Noem
Norcross
Norman
Nunes
O’Halleran
Olson
Palazzo
Pallone
Palmer
Panetta
Pascrell
Paulsen
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Perry
Peters
Peterson
Pittenger
Poe (TX)
Poliquin
Posey
Price (NC)
Quigley
Ratcliffe
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Rice (NY)
Rice (SC)
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rohrabacher
Rokita
Rooney, Francis
Rooney, Thomas J.
Ros-Lehtinen
Rosen
Roskam
Ross
Rothfus
Rouzer
Roybal-Allard
Royce (CA)
Ruiz
Ruppersberger
Rush
Russell
Rutherford
Ryan (OH)
Scalise
Schiff
Schneider
Schrader
Schweikert
Scott (VA)
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Sires
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Smucker
Soto
Stefanik
Stewart
Suozzi
Taylor
Tenney
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tipton
Titus
Torres
Tsongas
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Velázquez
Visclosky
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walker
Walorski
Walters, Mimi
Wasserman Schultz
Watson Coleman
Weber (TX)
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Westerman
Williams
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Yoder
Young (AK)
Young (IA)

Tulsi’s amendment failed in the House, and none in the Senate attempted an amendment of their own to remove the authorization for war.

Final Passage

In the Senate: Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, and Michael Bennet voted Yes to APPROVE the NDAA-FY2019, which included authorization for the White House to orchestrate and wage war with Iran.

Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kirsten Gillibrand voted against final passage, but did nothing to have the authorization for war removed.

Senate Vote Summary, H.R. 5515: John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

House of Representatives Vote Summary, H.R. 5515: John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

Major Tulsi Gabbard is a strong woman of courage who knows how to lead us into an era of peace and prosperity. The rest of them are fuck-ups.

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