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Say NO to War with Iran

Co-sponsor S. 1039/H.R. 2354

April 30, 2019

The U.S. administration is beating the drums for war with Iran. Last spring, the president pulled our nation out of the Iran nuclear deal, even though Iran remains in compliance with the agreement. In the fall, National Security Adviser John Bolton directed the Pentagon to develop military options for attacking Iran. Most recently, President Trump – over the objections of the Pentagon -- designated a branch of Iran’s security forces as a terrorist organization, which could make negotiations with Iran more difficult and increase the risk of conflict.

A war with Iran would be catastrophic for the United States, for the people of Iran, and for our allies in the region. Military intervention without congressional approval would also be illegal. Under the U.S. Constitution, only Congress has the power to declare war. Unless there is a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, the War Powers Act requires the president to obtain permission from Congress before introducing U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities.

To prevent the United States from launching another disastrous war, Senators Tom Udall (NM), Dick Durbin (IL), and Rand Paul (KY) introduced S. 1039, bipartisan legislation to prohibit the use of funds for military operations in or against Iran without prior authorization from Congress. Representatives Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and Mike Thompson (CA-5) introduced similar legislation in the House (H.R. 2354).

Ask your Senators/Representative to cosponsor S. 1039/H.R. 2354 to prevent a 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.
  • Only Congress has the power to declare war. The President must be barred from attacking Iran without specific authorization from Congress.
  • A war with Iran would be catastrophic. Any U.S. strike would likely bring a series of retaliatory terrorist attacks against Americans.

FCNL Contact: Liz Bajjalieh liz@fcnl.org