Cowen Condemns the U.S. House and his Democrat Opponent for ruling out a vote on a Yemen War Powers resolution this year
Date: December 16, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA – Martin Cowen, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Representative Georgia District 13, is the anti-undeclared-war candidate.
On December 12, 2018, the United States House of Representatives passed, on a vote of 206 to 203, a rule, H.Res.1176, that prohibits the House from voting on any Yemen War Powers resolution in this Congress, declaring: “Sec. 2.The provisions of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1546) shall not apply during the remainder of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress to a concurrent resolution introduced pursuant to section 5 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1544) with respect to the Republic of Yemen.”
The vote by party was 201 Republicans and five Democrats “Aye,” and 18 Republicans and 185 Democrats “No.”
Cowen’s opponent for Congress, Representative David Scott, joined four other Democrats to suppress a War Powers vote in the present Congress.
The four other Democrats voting to suppress a U.S. House WarPowers vote on Yemen were Jim Costa, CA-16, Al Lawson, Jr. FL-5, Collin Peterson MN-7, and Dutch Ruppersburger MD-2. Peterson is reported to have said when asked about his vote:
Stein: Do you have any thoughts about the war in Yemen?
Peterson: I don’t know a damn thing about it, and it should be in there and it — it didn’t do anything anyway. [Interviewer’s emphasis]
Cowen exclaimed: “I don’t know which is worse: not knowing about the War in Yemen and voting to continue it or knowing about Yemen and nevertheless voting to continue the War in Yemen as Representative David Scott did.”
The War in Yemen is now in its fourth year. Tens of thousands of children have died in the war. Hundreds of thousands are today at risk of starvation. The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo maintains that America needs to be in this war to push back against the Iranians who are alleged to be involved. That American bombs are killing children and civilian infrastructure is collateral damage that the Trump Administration is apparently willing to tolerate.
Martin Cowen says: “I condemn in the strongest moral terms the vote of Representative David Scott whose vote amounts to an endorsement of the continued killing of civilians and children in Yemen.”
On a more positive note, the next day, on December 13, 2018, the United States Senate passed on a vote of 56 to 41, its War Powers resolution, S.J.Res.54, declaring “Congress hereby directs the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen.” Unfortunately neither of Georgia Senators voted in favor of S. Con. Res. 54, a shameful failure on their part.
Martin Cowen reminds the voters in Georgia Congressional District 13: “Congress has not declared war since World War II. Congress, including our incumbent Congressman, has ignored its and his duty under Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution to declare war or not. Congress is afraid to make difficult decisions, like declaring war, and taking responsibility for those decisions at the ballot box.”
Martin Cowen continued: “Most Americans are unaware that the United States has been at war in Yemen since March 2015, in a virtually secret war started by President Obama and continued to this day by President Trump. Yemen is number 171 on the CIA’s list of 198 countries from wealthiest to poorest. The United States and Saudi Arabia are the 13th and 14th wealthiest countries on that list. The asymmetry of the war is remarkable.”
Unlike his Democrat opponent, Cowen resides in Georgia Congressional District 13. A longtime lawyer and retired judge, Cowen lives in Jonesboro with his wife of 36 years and their two sons, ages 16 and 20.
Cowen is a lifetime member of the National Libertarian Party. He attended the 1972 Libertarian Party of Georgia State Convention during his first year at the University of Georgia Law School. He attended the National Libertarian Party Convention in New Orleans this summer.
Martin Cowen is seeking the nomination of the Libertarian Party of Georgia to be the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Representative Georgia District 13 in the General Election on November 3, 2020.
Martin Cowen is the lead plaintiff in Martin Cowen, et al. v. Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State, U.S.D.C. N. Dist. Ga., Atlanta Div. 1:17cv04660-LMM. The lawsuit seeks ballot access for third-party candidates.