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The authority to declare war

I'm deeply concerned about the building tensions with Iran and the Trump Administration's increasing drumbeat of war.

John Bolton has been publicly calling for the US to strike Iran since 2007 and was a part of the Cheney cabal that falsified intelligence and pushed the Bush Administration to war with Iraq. That was the worst foreign policy action in our country's history and destabilized the entire region, killing millions of people including American troops. Our country must consider every move cautiously and highly scrutinize any call to war.

That's why I've introduced the War Powers Amendment of 2019 to reinforce congressional authority to declare war as laid out in Article I of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

It would be an outrageous violation of the Constitution if President Trump sent troops into Iran without coming to Congress for authorization.

The American people deserve to know the full scope of any potential conflict—including an exit strategy—before the U.S. considers another military campaign in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world.


Posted on June 21, 2019.

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