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Stop the March to War with Iran

By Liz Bajjalieh, April 30, 2019

Earlier this year President Donald Trump said, “Great nations do not fight endless wars.” Yet his administration continues to drag our country towards war, this time with Iran.

First he pulled us out of the Iran nuclear agreement and re-imposed sanctions. Then he designated the Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization over the objections of the Pentagon, and tightened sanctions even further. Now the Secretary of State is suggesting that Trump already has permission from Congress to go to war.

Fortunately, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives are taking steps to prevent an unauthorized war. Sens. Tom Udall (NM), Rand Paul (KY) and Richard Durbin (IL), and Reps. Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and Mike Thompson (CA-5), recently introduced the “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019” (S. 1039/H.R. 2354). These bills would ban funding for a U.S. military attack against Iran without specific, prior authorization from Congress. The legislation would thus assert the constitutional authority of Congress to determine if and when the U.S. goes to war.

Act now. Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act” (S. 1039/H.R. 2354) to prevent war with Iran.

Legislative Ask Say NO to War with Iran 

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

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.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Welcomes Bipartisan Bill Stopping March to War with Iran  

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded today’s introduction of the “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019,” which would deny funding to a military attack against Iran without the authorization of Congress.

Liz Bajjalieh

  • Program Assistant, Middle East Policy

Liz Bajjalieh is the Program Assistant for FCNL’s Middle East Policy program. As a Young Fellow, Liz’s responsibility is to help bridge the gap between constituents and their members of Congress through assisting with Middle East lobby visits, drafting action alerts, and addressing constituent concerns.