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House Passes Two Measures To Prevent War with Iran

By Jessie Palatucci, January 31, 2020


Exciting news. On Jan. 30, the House passed two measures limiting President Trump’s ability to go to war with Iran: one to prevent funding for an unauthorized war and another to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

This is important for two reasons. First, it demonstrates bipartisan opposition to the war against Iran. Passage adds to the pressure on the Senate to act and is a reminder to the Trump administration that the American people do not support war.

For too long the U.S. has waged wars with little or no congressional oversight. Your advocacy has made this into an issue that legislators can no longer afford to ignore.

Second, it underscores just how much we have shifted the narrative around endless war. In the past eight months the House has voted three times to repeal AUMFs. That's never been done before, and it's a big deal.

For too long the U.S. has waged wars with little or no congressional oversight. Your advocacy has made this into an issue that legislators can no longer afford to ignore.

These votes come at an important moment. While it appears that the U.S. and Iran are standing down, the situation remains fragile. As diplomatic relationships have deteriorated, less and less conversation is happening between our two nations. As reporter Mary Louise Kelly underscored this week in the New York Times, “the risk of miscalculation — of two old adversaries misreading each other and accidentally escalating into armed confrontation” — is very real.

We are grateful to our network of advocates across the country; people who know that war is not the answer and who regularly talk to their congressional offices about ending endless wars. The Senate could vote on the Iran War Powers Resolution as soon as next week. Let’s keep up the pressure on Congress to return to diplomacy, reassert its war authority, and prevent conflict with Iran.

Jessie Palatucci

  • Senior Digital Communications Manager

Jessie Palatucci manages FCNL’s digital advocacy program and web communications. She writes extensively for FCNL’s digital publications and communicates with advocates throughout the U.S.