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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House Floor today to admonish the irregular and restrictive manner in which the House Democrats are letting matters of war and peace be debated. “We saw it during impeachment, and we are seeing it again now,” McCarthy said. “Today, Democrats are denying basic and essential floor rights to the Republicans as we consider these two flawed Iran measures.”

Highlights are below, or watch online here.

“…for 100 years, in this body, the Motion to Recommit has given the minority the right to ‘have a vote upon its positions upon great public questions.’ That’s the definition of a Motion to Recommit…In other words, MTRs allow constituents whose members are in the minority to have their voices heard. 

“Certainly I would think this issue before us would meet the standard of ‘a great public question’…

“…we can all agree that the decision to go to war is the most significant choice Congress can make, followed only by impeachment…

“…this is a terrible time to be considering a repeal of the 2002 AUMF, a key authority to protect ourselves from the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

“The Soleimani strike delivered a clear message to Iran: if you kill a US citizen, you will suffer the consequences. For the first time in years, deterrence has been reestablished. 

“Yet the threat of Iran in Iraq still remains and cannot be ignored. For the last six months Iran has moved more and more military assets into Iraq…

“The Lee amendment would have us repeat the strategic failures of the Obama Administration, whose rush to withdraw from Iraq on a political timeline led to the direct rise of ISIS…The Ro Khanna amendment is even more foolish and poorly timed. The claim that it just prohibits an unauthorized war against Iran is totally false… 

“…any way you look at it, these amendments do not make Americans or our allies safer…”

“Iran is watching what we are doing today. Its regime is looking for signs of hesitation and disagreement…Its citizens – who are protesting in the streets for a free and accountable government – are looking for signs of assurance, poise, and support…

“…if we abandon our commitments now, we will be saying that we lack confidence in our values and resolve in our mission. The world will say, and history will record, that we lost faith in the American cause in the moment it was needed the most…”