234 in House Cast their Vote for Endless War

Section 1034 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 gives the President of the United States perpetual authority to use military force anywhere in the world that the President believes holds terrorists. Section 1034 abrogates Congress’ constitutional authority and duty under Article I Section 8 of the United States Constitution to declare war. In its place, it hands significant power to the president, allowing him to unleash war wherever and whenever he sees fit without congressional authorization.

A coalition of 23 organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Peace Action and Physicians for Human Rights recently sent a memorandum to the House Committee on Armed Services regarding this provision in which they note its similarity to past Congressional declarations of war, with an important exception: the current provision contains no named country, no restriction by place, and no expiration date. These are to be filled in by the President at his discretion:

“This monumental legislation–with a large-scale and practically irrevocable delegation of war power from Congress to the President–could commit the United States to a worldwide war without clear enemies, without any geographical boundaries (the use of military force within the United States could be permitted), and without any boundary relating to time or specific objective to be achieved. Unlike the AUMF that authorized the Afghanistan War and the pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the proposed new Declaration of War does not cite any specific harm, such as the 9/11 attacks, or specific threat of harm to the United States. It appears to be stating that the United States is at war wherever terrorism suspects reside, regardless of whether there is any danger to the United States….

If Congress broadly turns over to the President the power that Article I of the Constitution provides to Congress to declare war, it very likely will never get the power back. The broad terms of the proposed new Declaration of War could last for decades.

234 members of the House of Representatives voted for Perpetual War on May 25, 2011.  Find out who voted how here.House Amendment 327 was introduced by Rep. Justin Amash on May 25, 2011 during debate on the National Defense Authorization Act. It would have removed Section 1034 and its authorization of endless war from the bill. A vote FOR the amendment is a vote to remove the endless war authorization. A vote AGAINST the amendment is a vote to preserve the president’s endless war powers.

The following members of Congress voted AGAINST Justin Amash’s House Amendment 327. They cast their votes for perpetual war:


Rep. Sandy Adams (Republican-FL, District 24)
Rep. Robert Aderholt (Republican-AL, District 4)
Rep. Todd Akin (Republican-MO, District 2)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (Republican-LA, District 5)
Rep. Jason Altmire (Democrat-PA, District 4)
Rep. Steve Austria (Republican-OH, District 7)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (Republican-MN, District 6)
Rep. Spencer Bachus (Republican-AL, District 6)
Rep. Lou Barletta (Republican-PA, District 11)
Rep. John Barrow (Democrat-GA, District 12)
Rep. Joe Barton (Republican-TX, District 6)
Rep. Charles Bass (Republican-NH, District 2)
Rep. Dan Benishek (Republican-MI, District 1)
Rep. Rick Berg (Republican-ND, District 0)
Rep. Judy Biggert (Republican-IL, District 13)
Rep. Brian Bilbray (Republican-CA, District 50)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Republican-FL, District 9)
Rep. Diane Black (Republican-TN, District 6)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Republican-TN, District 7)
Rep. Jo Bonner (Republican-AL, District 1)
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (Republican-CA, District 45)
Rep. Dan Boren (Democrat-OK, District 2)
Rep. Kevin Brady (Republican-TX, District 8 )
Rep. Mo Brooks (Republican-AL, District 5)
Rep. Paul Broun (Republican-GA, District 10)
Rep. Vern Buchanan (Republican-FL, District 13)
Rep. Larry Bucshon (Republican-IN, District 8 )
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (Republican-NY, District 25)
Rep. Michael Burgess (Republican-TX, District 26)
Rep. Dan Burton (Republican-IN, District 5)
Rep. Ken Calvert (Republican-CA, District 44)
Rep. David Camp (Republican-MI, District 4)
Rep. Francisco Canseco (Republican-TX, District 23)
Rep. Eric Cantor (Republican-VA, District 7)
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (Republican-WV, District 2)
Rep. Dennis Cardoza (Democrat-CA, District 18)
Rep. John Carter (Republican-TX, District 31)
Rep. Bill Cassidy (Republican-LA, District 6)
Rep. Steven Chabot (Republican-OH, District 1)
Rep. Ben Chandler (Democrat-KY, District 6)
Rep. Mike Coffman (Republican-CO, District 6)
Rep. Tom Cole (Republican-OK, District 4)
Rep. Michael Conaway (Republican-TX, District 11)
Rep. Gerald Connolly (Democrat-VA, District 11)
Rep. Jim Cooper (Democrat-TN, District 5)
Rep. Jim Costa (Democrat-CA, District 20)
Rep. Chip Cravaack (Republican-MN, District 8 )
Rep. Rick Crawford (Republican-AR, District 1)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (Republican-FL, District 4)
Rep. Mark Critz (Democrat-PA, District 12)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (Democrat-TX, District 28)
Rep. John Culberson (Republican-TX, District 7)
Rep. Geoff Davis (Republican-KY, District 4)
Rep. Jeff Denham (Republican-CA, District 19)
Rep. Charles Dent (Republican-PA, District 15)
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Republican-TN, District 4)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Republican-FL, District 21)
Rep. Bob Dold (Republican-IL, District 10)
Rep. Joe Donnelly (Democrat-IN, District 2)
Rep. David Dreier (Republican-CA, District 26)
Rep. Sean Duffy (Republican-WI, District 7)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (Republican-SC, District 3)
Rep. Renee Ellmers (Republican-NC, District 2)
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (Republican-MO, District 8 )
Rep. Blake Farenthold (Republican-TX, District 27)
Rep. Stephen Fincher (Republican-TN, District 8 )
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (Republican-PA, District 8 )
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (Republican-TN, District 3)
Rep. John Fleming (Republican-LA, District 4)
Rep. Bill Flores (Republican-TX, District 17)
Rep. Randy Forbes (Republican-VA, District 4)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (Republican-NE, District 1)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (Republican-NC, District 5)
Rep. Trent Franks (Republican-AZ, District 2)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (Republican-NJ, District 11)
Rep. Elton Gallegly (Republican-CA, District 24)
Rep. Cory Gardner (Republican-CO, District 4)
Rep. Scott Garrett (Republican-NJ, District 5)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (Republican-PA, District 6)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (Republican-OH, District 18)
Rep. John Gingrey (Republican-GA, District 11)
Rep. Louis Gohmert (Republican-TX, District 1)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Republican-VA, District 6)
Rep. Paul Gosar (Republican-AZ, District 1)
Rep. Trey Gowdy (Republican-SC, District 4)
Rep. Kay Granger (Republican-TX, District 12)
Rep. Tom Graves (Republican-GA, District 9)
Rep. Samuel Graves (Republican-MO, District 6)
Rep. Gene Green (Democrat-TX, District 29)
Rep. Tim Griffin (Republican-AR, District 2)
Rep. Michael Grimm (Republican-NY, District 13)
Rep. Frank Guinta (Republican-NH, District 1)
Rep. Brett Guthrie (Republican-KY, District 2)
Rep. Ralph Hall (Republican-TX, District 4)
Rep. Gregg Harper (Republican-MS, District 3)
Rep. Andy Harris (Republican-MD, District 1)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (Republican-MO, District 4)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (Republican-NY, District 19)
Rep. Joe Heck (Republican-NV, District 3)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Republican-TX, District 5)
Rep. Walter Herger (Republican-CA, District 2)
Rep. Jaime Herrera (Republican-WA, District 3)
Rep. Tim Holden (Democrat-PA, District 17)
Rep. Bill Huizenga (Republican-MI, District 2)
Rep. Randy Hultgren (Republican-IL, District 14)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (Republican-CA, District 52)
Rep. Robert Hurt (Republican-VA, District 5)
Rep. Darrell Issa (Republican-CA, District 49)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (Republican-KS, District 2)
Rep. Bill Johnson (Republican-OH, District 6)
Rep. Samuel Johnson (Republican-TX, District 3)
Rep. Jim Jordan (Republican-OH, District 4)
Rep. Mike Kelly (Republican-PA, District 3)
Rep. Steve King (Republican-IA, District 5)
Rep. Peter King (Republican-NY, District 3)
Rep. Jack Kingston (Republican-GA, District 1)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Republican-IL, District 11)
Rep. Larry Kissell (Democrat-NC, District 8 )
Rep. John Kline (Republican-MN, District 2)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (Republican-CO, District 5)
Rep. Leonard Lance (Republican-NJ, District 7)
Rep. Jeff Landry (Republican-LA, District 3)
Rep. James Lankford (Republican-OK, District 5)
Rep. Tom Latham (Republican-IA, District 4)
Rep. Steven LaTourette (Republican-OH, District 14)
Rep. Robert Latta (Republican-OH, District 5)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (Republican-CA, District 41)
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (Democrat-IL, District 3)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (Republican-NJ, District 2)
Rep. Frank Lucas (Republican-OK, District 3)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (Republican-MO, District 9)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (Republican-WY, District 0)
Rep. Daniel Lungren (Republican-CA, District 3)
Rep. Connie Mack (Republican-FL, District 14)
Rep. Donald Manzullo (Republican-IL, District 16)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (Republican-TX, District 24)
Rep. Thomas Marino (Republican-PA, District 10)
Rep. Jim Matheson (Democrat-UT, District 2)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Republican-CA, District 22)
Rep. Michael McCaul (Republican-TX, District 10)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Republican-MI, District 11)
Rep. Patrick McHenry (Republican-NC, District 10)
Rep. Howard McKeon (Republican-CA, District 25)
Rep. David McKinley (Republican-WV, District 1)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Republican-WA, District 5)
Rep. Patrick Meehan (Republican-PA, District 7)
Rep. John Mica (Republican-FL, District 7)
Rep. Jeff Miller (Republican-FL, District 1)
Rep. Candice Miller (Republican-MI, District 10)
Rep. Gary Miller (Republican-CA, District 42)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (Republican-SC, District 5)
Rep. Tim Murphy (Republican-PA, District 18)
Rep. Sue Myrick (Republican-NC, District 9)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (Republican-TX, District 19)
Rep. Kristi Noem (Republican-SD, District 0)
Rep. Richard Nugent (Republican-FL, District 5)
Rep. Devin Nunes (Republican-CA, District 21)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (Republican-MS, District 1)
Rep. Pete Olson (Republican-TX, District 22)
Rep. Steven Palazzo (Republican-MS, District 4)
Rep. Erik Paulsen (Republican-MN, District 3)
Rep. Mike Pence (Republican-IN, District 6)
Rep. Collin Peterson (Democrat-MN, District 7)
Rep. Thomas Petri (Republican-WI, District 6)
Rep. Joseph Pitts (Republican-PA, District 16)
Rep. Todd Platts (Republican-PA, District 19)
Rep. Ted Poe (Republican-TX, District 2)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (Republican-KS, District 4)
Rep. Tom Price (Republican-GA, District 6)
Rep. Ben Quayle (Republican-AZ, District 3)
Rep. Nick Rahall (Democrat-WV, District 3)
Rep. Tom Reed (Republican-NY, District 29)
Rep. Dennis Rehberg (Republican-MT, District 0)
Rep. Dave Reichert (Republican-WA, District 8 )
Rep. Jim Renacci (Republican-OH, District 16)
Rep. Reid Ribble (Republican-WI, District 8 )
Rep. Scott Rigell (Republican-VA, District 2)
Rep. David Rivera (Republican-FL, District 25)
Rep. Martha Roby (Republican-AL, District 2)
Rep. Phil Roe (Republican-TN, District 1)
Rep. Michael Rogers (Republican-AL, District 3)
Rep. Harold Rogers (Republican-KY, District 5)
Rep. Michael Rogers (Republican-MI, District 8 )
Rep. Thomas Rooney (Republican-FL, District 16)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republican-FL, District 18)
Rep. Peter Roskam (Republican-IL, District 6)
Rep. Mike Ross (Democrat-AR, District 4)
Rep. Dennis Ross (Republican-FL, District 12)
Rep. Edward Royce (Republican-CA, District 40)
Rep. Jon Runyan (Republican-NJ, District 3)
Rep. Paul Ryan (Republican-WI, District 1)
Rep. Steve Scalise (Republican-LA, District 1)
Rep. Bobby Schilling (Republican-IL, District 17)
Rep. Jean Schmidt (Republican-OH, District 2)
Rep. Aaron Schock (Republican-IL, District 18)
Rep. David Schweikert (Republican-AZ, District 5)
Rep. Tim Scott (Republican-SC, District 1)
Rep. Austin Scott (Republican-GA, District 8 )
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (Republican-WI, District 5)
Rep. Pete Sessions (Republican-TX, District 32)
Rep. John Shimkus (Republican-IL, District 19)
Rep. Heath Shuler (Democrat-NC, District 11)
Rep. Bill Shuster (Republican-PA, District 9)
Rep. Michael Simpson (Republican-ID, District 2)
Rep. Adrian Smith (Republican-NE, District 3)
Rep. Christopher Smith (Republican-NJ, District 4)
Rep. Lamar Smith (Republican-TX, District 21)
Rep. Steve Southerland (Republican-FL, District 2)
Rep. Clifford Stearns (Republican-FL, District 6)
Rep. Steve Stivers (Republican-OH, District 15)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Republican-IN, District 3)
Rep. John Sullivan (Republican-OK, District 1)
Rep. Lee Terry (Republican-NE, District 2)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (Republican-PA, District 5)
Rep. Mac Thornberry (Republican-TX, District 13)
Rep. Patrick Tiberi (Republican-OH, District 12)
Rep. Scott Tipton (Republican-CO, District 3)
Rep. Michael Turner (Republican-OH, District 3)
Rep. Frederick Upton (Republican-MI, District 6)
Rep. Timothy Walberg (Republican-MI, District 7)
Rep. Greg Walden (Republican-OR, District 2)
Rep. Joe Walsh (Republican-IL, District 8 )
Rep. Daniel Webster (Republican-FL, District 8 )
Rep. Allen West (Republican-FL, District 22)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (Republican-GA, District 3)
Rep. Edward Whitfield (Republican-KY, District 1)
Rep. Joe Wilson (Republican-SC, District 2)
Rep. Rob Wittman (Republican-VA, District 1)
Rep. Frank Wolf (Republican-VA, District 10)
Rep. Steve Womack (Republican-AR, District 3)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (Republican-KS, District 3)
Rep. Don Young (Republican-AK, District 0)
Rep. Bill Young (Republican-FL, District 10)
Rep. Todd Young (Republican-IN, District 9)

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