This bill would prohibit the use of federal funds to launch a military strike against North Korea or introduce the U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities in North Korea before Congress has either declared war or authorized the use of military force under the War Powers Resolution. Exceptions would be permitted if military action is needed to repel a sudden attack on the U.S., its territories, or its allies; or to rescue or remove U.S. personnel.
What is House Bill H.R. 4140?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4140
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduced this bill to prohibit the use of federal funds from being used to attack North Korea without the approval of Congress:
“As a veteran of the Korean War, I am ashamed that our Commander-in-Chief is conducting himself in a reckless manner that endangers our troops stationed in South Korea and our regional allies. That is why Congress is standing up today to ensure that this Administration understands that the Constitution does not permit military attacks without Congressional approval. During the campaign, people feared a President Trump with the power to initiate a nuclear conflict—less than a year later, those fears are far too close to being realized. Trump must immediately cease talk of pre-emptive war and commit to the diplomatic path advocated by both American experts and the South Korean government.”
This legislation has the support of 61 cosponsors, including 59 Democrats and two Republicans.
- Sponsoring Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) Press Release
- The Guardian
- Korea Times
- PJ Media
- Common Dreams
- The Hill (Op-Ed In Favor)
- CNN (Context)
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No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act
To prohibit the introduction of the Armed Forces into hostilities in North Korea without a declaration of war or explicit statutory authorization, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Armed ServicesCommittee on Foreign AffairsIntroducedOctober 26th, 2017
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