At town hall, Horn disputes claims that colleagues sympathized with dead Iranian general
BETHANY — U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Saturday that a Democratic resolution to check President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran was partisan, but she disputed claims that her colleagues sympathized with the Iranian general killed by a U.S. airstrike.
“It’s not true,” Horn told one of the people at a town hall meeting who questioned whether some Democrats had mourned the killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.
“It’s just not. I don’t know any of my colleagues — none of them — who thought it was a bad thing that this man was dead. So I just feel the need to say that.”
Horn, D-Oklahoma City, was one of only eight Democrats who voted against the resolution requiring Trump to consult Congress before taking further military action against Iran unless there was an imminent threat. The measure passed 224 to 194, with support from three Republicans and one independent.
At her first town hall of the year, Horn said the resolution was non-binding and didn’t do anything to change current law regarding the president’s obligations to Congress.
“That turned into a partisan issue that divided people further,” she said.
However, she said she didn’t want to see “another endless, reckless war” and that the Trump administration needs to present Congress with a plan and a strategy. Lawmakers, she said, need to replace post-9/11 authorizations of force with ones that suit the current state of affairs and current technology.
Some Republicans have questioned Democratic sympathies since the airstrike, with one, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, saying Democrats are “in love with terrorists.” Collins later apologized for his remarks.
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At Horn’s town hall meeting, after her first response about the matter, a woman told her that if she hadn’t seen Democratic leaders mourning the death of Soleimani, “you haven’t been on Twitter.”
“I fundamentally disagree,” Horn replied. “I have not seen any of my colleagues mourning the death.”
Horn declined to give that same questioner a “yes” or “no” answer to whether she thought Trump was a “traitor.”
But Horn, who voted for two articles of impeachment against Trump on Dec. 18, said she backed the article alleging abuse of power because: “No president of any party ever should ask a foreign nation to put their thumbs on the scales of our elections and interfere in our elections.”
Horn was referring to allegations that Trump conditioned military aid to Ukraine on that country investigating the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is running for the Democratic presidential nomination and may be Trump's rival this year.
Regarding the second article, obstruction of Congress, Horn said, “The administration refused to comply with any subpoenas, produce documents or to even allow witnesses, current or former administration staff, to participate in the process. That, in and of itself, is an obstruction.”
The House is expected to vote this week on sending the impeachment articles to the Senate for a trial.
“I think it will be good to have that addressed,” Horn said in an interview before the town hall meeting.
Horn, who won the 5th District congressional seat in a major upset in 2018, is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the House. Trump won the district with 54% of the vote in 2016.
A recent poll by Amber Integrated, of Oklahoma City, showed 47% of registered voters in the district agreed with Horn’s impeachment vote and 49% disagreed.
Horn on Saturday listed a number of congressional achievements that occurred in the last days before the holiday break, including the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, the annual defense bill and an agreement to fund the government.
She said her top priority for 2020 was legislation to control prices of prescription drugs. The House approved a bill last year on the topic, but it is opposed by the Senate and White House.
Asked whether she would work with the president, she said, “I’m going to work with the president and the administration as much as I can. I’d love to work with him on prescription drug pricing. He’s said that that’s an important thing to get done.”