Congress Proudly Condemns Bergdahl Swap Instead of Voting on Real Legislation

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This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. The officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's (boh BURG'-dahl) release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for not giving Congress the requisite 30-day notice ahead of swapping five Taliban leaders for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl this spring. 

Of course, the vote passed what’s actually a non-binding resolution — something Congress does for fun when there are no pressing matters to attend to to prepare for the midterms — so it won’t have an impact on the president anyway. The measure passed with votes from both parties, with 22 Democrats joining 227 Republicans to condemn the commander-in-chief.

Obama swapped the Taliban leaders for Bergdahl, a soldier who went missing in Afghanistan in 2009 under questionable circumstances, in May. (Some have alleged that Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after deserting.) Congressional representatives were not informed about the swap until after it happened, according to the administration, because of concerns about keeping it a secret to protect Bergdahl’s safety. But that didn’t stop a number of conspiracy theories from cropping up after his release, with one even alleging that he is a Taliban sympathizer. 

After the vote, members of Congress took to Twitter to advertise their support for the measure: