Washington – This morning, Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined the WILS Morning Wake-Up where she spoke about the upcoming vote on a resolution introduced by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) intended to weaken President Trump’s hand on Iran. Listen to the full interview here, and see an excerpt of the transcript below:
DAVE AKERLY: There were changes made to this last night, but in general you are still opposing, do I have that correct?
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Yes, it really is a sad state of affairs that we’re facing here. First of all, the resolution itself will never become law. It’s a concurrent resolution, which means that it simply will not become law. It’s a partisan effort that’s being led by Representative Slotkin and Speaker Pelosi and because it will never become law, it’s just a messaging document, which, frankly, will send a message to the Iranians that the country is not united behind the President.
AKERLY: Representative Cheney, that’s reminiscent of language that was being given, we’re told in a briefing yesterday that had Senator Mike Lee coming out with his hair on fire, saying that you can’t talk to us in Congress like that. Do you disagree with him on that?
REP. CHENEY: I do. First of all, there already is, in multiple statutes, including the Authorization for Use of Military Force in 2001 and 2002, the War Powers Act, requirements that the Administration, no matter who is in office, come and consult with Congress, which the Administration has done. What this resolution did, and the language that was introduced by Representative Slotkin yesterday equated the decision – the attack, the decision to take out Qassem Soleimani, who is the world’s deadliest terrorist, the blood of hundreds, if not more, service members, U.S. service members on his hands – language in the resolution equated that in terms of the damage it was doing with the Iranians launching ballistic missiles against our forces in Iraq.
You’ve got a situation where the Democratic Caucus in the House has gone so far to the left, even members who go home and portray themselves as reasonable, say they’re going to work across the aisle, they themselves end up here in Washington absolutely contributing to this complete focus and obsession with hatred of President Trump, inability to support anything the President does, and it gets them to the place that we see with this resolution where they had to rush in middle of the night last night to take language out that drew a moral equivalence between U.S. service members, those who wear the uniform of this nation, and terrorist entities in the Iranian government. It’s really an appalling situation. I was surprised Representative Slotkin was willing to put her name on it, frankly, but I think it says something to the voters there in MI-08 that there’s a big difference between what she’s saying at home and what she does when she gets here to Washington.