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Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

Vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution (S.J. Res. 68)

The U.S. and Iran are moving closer to war every day. The Trump administration is playing a dangerous game by increasing U.S. troop levels in the Middle East and shutting down diplomacy with Iran. While claiming a desire to end endless war, the administration has rapidly escalated tensions between our two countries, increasing the risk of accidents and miscalculations.

Fortunately, there is growing bipartisan support in the House and Senate to reassert Congress's constitutional war authority and prevent another disastrous Middle East war.

The Iran War Powers Resolution would ensure the president cannot take military action against Iran without congressional authorization – except in response to an attack on America or its armed forces.

Congress must preemptively assert its war authority to prohibit unauthorized war with Iran.

As a Quaker organization, we oppose all war. As a matter of public policy, we believe Congress must debate and vote before the president commits our military to lethal action and should regularly evaluate and vote on whether to continue ongoing U.S. wars.

Vote for S.J. Res. 68 to prevent unconstitutional war with Iran

  • The Administration’s escalation of threats and war planning is destabilizing and dangerous. Diplomacy and international cooperation are the only paths to lasting security.
  • Article I of the Constitution states that only Congress has the power to declare war. Congress has not authorized military action against Iran.
  • Article II of the Constitution authorizes the president, as commander in chief, to use military force to repel sudden attacks against the United States, even without congressional authorization. But even then, the armed forces must be withdrawn after 60 days unless Congress enacts a specific law approving their continued use.

FCNL Contact: Hassan El-Tayyab, hassan@fcnl.org