On Friday, July 12, 2019, the House voted 251-170 to greenlight an amendment which would block President Donald Trump from taking military action against Iran.
The amendment in question would bar funds for U.S. military action against Iran unless Congress has declared war or implemented another authorization measure.
Several America First Republicans broke party lines to support this amendment, including staunch America First congressman Matt Gaetz, who co-sponsored the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 27 Republicans joined Democrats to support the amendment. On the other hand, 7 Democrats voted against it.
California Congressman Ro Khanna, the chief sponsor of this amendment, praised this measure for the message it sends to Trump.
Khanna told reporters, “It reminds the president that the American people, both Democrats and Republicans, don’t want another war in the Middle East.”
He added, “The president was fully aware of this. This is what he said when he campaigned, and he’s probably going to want to say it again when he campaigns again. So I think it’s a reminder to him of where public sentiment is and that he shouldn’t get too influenced by the Washington establishment.”
The Iran amendment was added in the middle of rising tensions with the Islamic Republic. A few weeks ago, Trump said that he was preparing to launch an attack on Iran after it shot down an unmanned American drone.
Gaetz declared on the House floor, “If my war-hungry colleagues — some of whom have already suggested that we invade Venezuela, North Korea and probably a few other countries before lunch time tomorrow — if they’re so certain in their case against Iran, let them bring their authorization to use military force against Iran to this very floor.”
However, neoconservative Republicans reverted back to their usual ways by arguing that the amendment would limit Trump and the military’s ability to attack Iran.
Sticking to defense contractor cues, House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul stated “You don’t handcuff the president, the commander in chief, you don’t handcuff him in advance of any preparation from dealing with a hostile, state sponsor of terror, and this is just wrong.”
The next fight will be in the Republican-controlled Senate, where there will be numerous obstacles from neoconservative hawks.
Past resolutions to end the conflict in Yemen passed through both chambers of Congress, but ultimately met Trump’s veto.
Should this measure make its way out of the Senate, it may likely receive a veto from the Trump administration due to the neoconservative influences in his cabinet.
GOA Endorses Based Pro-Second Amendment Black Man for North Carolina Lieutenant Governor
On August 4, 2020, Gun Owners of America (GOA) announced that it endorsed Mark Robinson for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina.
Tim Macy, chairman of Gun Owners of America, declared, “We all remember the impassioned speech given by Mr. Robinson at the Greensboro City Council meeting. His ‘I’m the majority’ speech reverberated across the country, and launched Mr. Robinson down a path of advocating for and defending the Second Amendment on a national scale.”
Macy added, “Mark Robinson, who is a GOA life member, has promised to give ‘not one inch on the Second Amendment,’ and to defend our God-given right to keep and bear arms. GOA is glad to be able to support him in taking this position to the North Carolina State Government.”
Robinson made a name for himself by giving a powerful speech against the Greensboro City Council’s attempt to cancel a gun show in 2018 following the Parkland shooting, which sparked a massive wave of gun control across the nation.
Robinson’s valiant defense of the Second Amendment in this instance turned him into a national icon and is likely going to propel him to victory in the 2020 General Election.
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