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DeLauro Votes Against War in Iran Without Congressional Approval

January 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (January 30, 2020) Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after voting to reassert Congressional authority to declare war and block the Trump administration from using federal funds for military force against Iran unless Congress has declared war or authorized the use of military force. DeLauro also voted to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military (AUMF), which President Trump has improperly used as justification for attacks on Iranian officials. DeLauro is an original cosponsor of the No War Against Iran Act (H.R. 5543), and voted against the AUMF against Iraq in 2002.

“Today, the House of Representatives sent a clear message to President Trump: Americans do not want to go to war with Iran, and you do not have unilateral authority to do so. The President’s actions earlier this month led to our nation’s suspension of the fight against ISIS, Iraq moving to expel our troops, and Iranian leaders no longer abiding by the 2015 nuclear deal. By heightening tensions, the President dramatically increased the possibility of war with Iran and its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. That is a dangerous path, and Congress is exercising its Constitutional authority to prevent another unnecessary war.”