The House Majority has voted to demand that President Barack Obama seek Iraq war approval under War Powers Resolution. This leaves Obama with three choices: defying Congress with word games over the "advisers" he is sending to Iraq; complying with the War Powers Resolution reporting requirements and timelines; or pulling back to avoid a constitutional conflict with the Congress, as he did in the clash with Syria.
A rush of messages and letters from the grass roots appears to have motivated many House members to join a voice vote on Friday. The final count is at the UFPJ legislative action site. Since it's hard for Democratic liberals to oppose the president, constant messages from their districts are helpful. Ron Paul-Republicans can be expected to stand up on the War Powers issue, but both parties are led by politicians who think it's expedient to be hawkish, until, of course, it's not. On the Democratic side, the hawks included Rep. Brad Sherman, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Julia Brownley, Rep. Jim Costa, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Jim Moran, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Rep. Steve Israel. All voted “No” on Rep. Barbara Lee's amendment to block funding for combat in Iraq.