"I voted against H. Con. Res. 83, the House Democrats' dangerous War Powers Resolution. As it’s merely a resolution, this type of legislation is never presented to the President and therefore holds no force or effect of law. The Democrats are clearly not serious, and this purely political resolution is just another attempt to weaken President Trump and ultimately weaken America.
Attempting to tie the Administration’s hands at this time is dangerous, and Democrats publicly projecting to our adversaries that we won’t use force puts Americans at risk and endangers the safety of the United States and our allies." -Congressman Jack Bergman
This statement by Congressman Bergman is another vague and meandering defense of one’s lack of accountability and to their oath of office, their constituents and their country. For those of you who have not read H. Con. Res. 83 please take two minutes and do so. Find what is objectionable in there and point it out, because I failed to find it. Nowhere does it say we will not or cannot use force. It does not weaken us in any way. It only restricts what the president can do in order to comply more fully and faithfully with the Constitution and ultimately gives our country, our troops and our citizens greater protection. It promotes oversight, communication and a fuller understanding of possible consequences before action is taken. To say that “this type of legislation is never presented to the President and therefore holds no force or effect of law,” and to use that as your excuse to not take the issue seriously, is another instance of incompetence and failure to understand your role in governance. Congressmen and women do not, or should not, vote against something because they don’t believe the president will accept it or it will not even reach him. They do not work for the president. This is serious. Very serious. We cannot afford to have no accountability of the executive branch, and we really cannot afford to have our legislative branch fail in their duties to act as a coequal participant or provide oversight.