Quaker Lobby Applauds House Rejection of War with Iran

By Timothy McHugh, March 11, 2020


Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomes the decisive message sent by the House of Representatives today that war with Iran has not been authorized and, absent congressional authorization, is unconstitutional.

Contact: Tim McHugh, Friends Committee on National Legislation, media@fcnl.org; 202-903-2515

In a bipartisan 227-186 vote invoking the War Powers Act, the House approved the same legislation the Senate passed last month. The bill directs the president to terminate the use of the military in hostilities on or against Iran. The bill now heads to the White House.

“War is never the answer. And it is certainly not the answer to our disputes with Iran. Only diplomacy can work without risking untold lives and causing unimaginable human suffering,” said Diane Randall, FCNL’s general secretary. “Congress alone has the constitutional power to take America to war, and today’s vote makes clear they do not want to start another war in the Middle East.”

The Senate voted 55-45 in mid-February in a rare bipartisan effort to curb the President’s powers and underscore concern that tension with Iran could escalate into full-fledged war.

“President Trump says he wants to end endless wars. Signing this bill would show he means it,” said Hassan El-Tayyab, FCNL’s Middle East policy legislative manager. “By signaling to the world that the U.S. does not intend to take sudden, unauthorized military action against Iran, this bill lowers the temperature in the Middle East and reduces the likelihood of preemptive military action.”

He added that American people don’t believe the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani made the country safer, and they want unauthorized war with Iran taken off the table. “Even if the President vetoes this resolution, Congress has sent a message that lessens the chances of war with Iran. We’ve dedicated our most powerful grassroots network in 40 states to pressing to end this war. And we’ll keep the pressure on Congress. This is a great day for peace,” El-Tayyab said.

To learn more, please visit www.fcnl.org.

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Timothy McHugh

  • Director of Media Relations

Tim leads organizational efforts to communicate about issues, victories, priorities, and updates through all available news channels – specifically the major media outlets. He is responsible for providing FCNL staff with opportunities to convey our message – in print and through the airways – to the public and throughout the country. He keeps FCNL issues and staff on the collective radars of reporters and journalists nationwide. Lastly, he runs FCNL several media-focused social media channels.