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Larson Votes to Prevent the Trump Administration from Going to War in Iran

June 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for Congress to take back their constitutional authority to declare war. Included in the FY2020 Defense Appropriations bill was language to repeal the 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force. Larson is a cosponsor of Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill to repeal the 2001 AUMF and Rep. Eshoo’s legislation to prohibit the use of any funds for military operations in or against Iran in absence of Congressional authorization.

“Since I voted against the Iraq war, I have long advocated that Congress needs to step up and assert its constitutional responsibility to declare war. Today the House passed the defense appropriations bill which includes language preventing the Trump Administration from starting an unlawful and disastrous war with Iran. As tensions have heightened with Iran, the Trump Administration has publicly suggested they have considered potential use of military force against Iran under the 2001 AUMF against Al Qaida. Our country cannot afford to slip into another avoidable war with no strategy and no achievable mission.

“Over the last two decades, the authorization has been used over 41 times in 19 different countries due to overly broad language, something that I have long fought against, even under President Obama. Earlier this month, I joined nearly 80 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the President to demand the end of this dangerous war mongering,” said Larson. “To further ensure the Administration’s compliance, the FY2020 appropriations repeals the 2001 AUMF and reiterates that nothing in the appropriations bill should be construed as authorizing military engagement with Iran.”