Just two days after the U.S. Senate votes 82 to 6 to declare war against Germany, the U.S. House of Representatives gives the final decision by a vote of 373 to 50, thus giving the United States the okay to enter the war. Originally, when World War I erupted in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson stated that the United States would stay out of the war, thus making them neutral. With Britain being one of the Untied States allies, the pressure was on to have the United States join the Brits and help them against constant enemy attack made by Germany. The United States had managed to remain neutral until May 7, when the British-owned Lusitania ocean liner was torpedoed without warning thus sinking the ship. Of the 1,959 passengers, 1,198 were killed, including 128 Americans. This was one of the many factors that finally persuade the United States Military to finally get involved in WWI.