The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) celebrated today’s Senate action on Iran, which saw a bipartisan majority vote of 50-40, to block President Trump from attacking Iran without prior congressional authorization.
“Let us be clear: there is no such thing as a quick, simple or painless war. A U.S. military attack against Iran will lead to incalculable death, destruction, and human suffering, as well as unsustainable economic and environmental costs,” said Diane Randall, FCNL’s executive secretary. “Congress must insist that a war not be launched without their approval – and further, that it not be launched at all.”
Tensions between the United States and Iran have been growing ever since the U.S. withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, which had prevented the growth of Iran’s nuclear program. With threats escalating on both sides, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently told Congress that the 2001 AUMF could be used to justify military action against Iran, and President Trump said he doesn’t need congressional approval to attack Iran.
“Today’s vote sends a clear message that the elected representatives of the American people do not want a war with Iran,” said Diana Ohlbaum, FCNL’s Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy. “This cavalier attitude that the president can simply start bombing a country, without the approval of Congress and without considering the potential consequences, is a danger to our democracy and to our national security. I’m heartened by the Senate vote and hopeful that the House will send its own strong message against war with Iran when it returns in July.”
Today’s Senate action is just the latest in a string of war-related defeats for the Trump administration, ranging from the House vote to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to the bicameral disapproval of proposed Saudi arms sales. It was offered by Senators Tim Kaine (VA) and Tom Udall (NM) and originally cosponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (OR), Rand Paul (KY), Dick Durbin (IL), Chris Murphy (CT), and Mike Lee (UT).
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