Democrats torch Biden over constitutionality of airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen

 January 13, 2024

After weeks of doing virtually nothing as American troops were hassled by Houthi terrorists, President Joe Biden finally ordered retaliatory strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

According to the New York Post, that action has angered Democrats who claim Biden ordered the strikes without congressional approval.

Many Democrats have become increasingly unfriendly to the 81-year-old president, which was especially noticeable in their response to Biden's stance on the Israel-Hamas war.

Multiple high-profile Democrats expressed their concern with Biden greenlighting several airstrikes on Houthi targets without seeking approval from Congress, as the U.S. Constitution requires.


Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) was one of the first Democrats to raise concerns about the airstrikes. In a lengthy, multi-part post on X, he laid out why he believes the president's actions were unconstitutional.

"The President needs to come to Congress before launching a strike against the Houthis in Yemen and involving us in another middle east conflict. That is Article I of the Constitution. I will stand up for that regardless of whether a Democrat or Republican is in the White House," Khanna wrote.

In a follow-up, he added, "Section 2C of the War Powers Act is clear: POTUS may only introduce the U.S. into hostilities after Congressional authorization or in a national emergency when the U.S. is under imminent attack. Reporting is not a substitute. This is a retaliatory, offensive strike."

He went on to debate several commentators who disputed his take on the War Powers Act.

Rep. Val Hoyle (D-OR) joined her colleague and echoed the same sentiment, writing in a post, "These airstrikes have NOT been authorized by Congress. The Constitution is clear: Congress has the sole authority to authorize military involvement in overseas conflicts. Every president must first come to Congress and ask for military authorization, regardless of party."

Social media reacts

Reactions to Khanna's statement were mixed, with some supporting his stance on the matter and others supporting Biden for finally taking action against the terroristic Houthi rebels.

"Stop grandstanding @RoKhanna.The president has the right to launch airstrikes without notifying Congress first," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "They have attacked us repeatedly, and you want us to do absolutely nothing. Maybe you should not be in Congress."

It'll be interesting to see how the Biden administration reacts to the Democrats' frustration.

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