In-Depth: Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced this bill to prohibit the use funds for military action against Iran:
“The calls for war with Iran are ripped straight out of the same playbook that launched us into the failed invasion of Iraq, and Congress must assert its constitutional authority to halt the march to war. The ongoing saber-rattling inches us closer and closer to conflict, borrowing from the same playbook that launched us into the failed invasion of Iraq, and endangering our national security, jeopardizing our diplomatic interests and alarming our allies. The consequences of war with Iran would be catastrophic, risking the lives of thousands of Americans while squandering our global reputation, with little chance of improving our long-term security. Congress must assert its constitutional authority to halt the march to war. The only way to stop Iran’s dangerous behavior in the region is with tough diplomacy in league with our allies, not threats and reckless aggression. With this legislation, we can empower Congress to once again assert its Constitutional authority to end the looming threat of war in order to make our nation, and the world, more safe. No administration, Democratic or Republican, should be permitted to enter the United States into another war in the Middle East without the approval of the American people and explicit authorization from Congress.”
The Trump administration recently deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group to the Middle East in response to a threat of an attack by Iran or its proxies, warning Iran “that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.” Iran also announced that it would stop exporting its nuclear program’s excess uranium and heavy water as was required by the nuclear agreement the Trump administration tried to renegotiate then withdrew from.
In response to questions from Politico about potential military intervention in Iran or Venezuela, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) said that intervention is “always” on the table as an option but declined to say whether he would require his committee to vote on an authorization for use of military force (AUMF).
This legislation is cosponsored by 11 senators who caucus as Democrats, including presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). It also has the support of VoteVets, JStreet, and the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
Summary by Eric Revell
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