The House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously approved a defense appropriations bill amendment requiring President Barack Obama to seek the advice and consent of Congress before pursuing sustained military action in Iraq.
Co-authored by Reps. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, the bill does not apply to embassy security.
“The Constitution gives Congress the right and obligation to give advice and consent before waging war,” Garamendi said in a statement. “I have serious doubts about waging any military campaign in Iraq, and clearly I am not alone.”
Obama told leaders in a meeting on Wednesday that he did not feel he needed congressional authority for the military actions under consideration, according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, agreed with the president.
Two amendments by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, were voted down. The first would have prohibited funding ground troops in Iraq, the second using funds to implement the 2002 authorization of force against Iraq.
Last year, Obama sought, then abandoned, an effort to gain approval for possible air strikes against the Syrian government.