Tuesday , 4 October 2022

Effort To Force Trump To Seek Congressional War Approval For Iran Fails

Radiofarda – An effort to force the Trump administration to seek congressional approval before taking military action against Iran has failed after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee turned down the bipartisan proposal tabled by Democratic senators Chris Murphy and Tom Udall.

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source: twitter

The panel voted 13-9 against forcing the Trump administration to seek a congressional signoff before any military strikes against Iranian targets.

With the “prevention of unconstitutional war against Iran” bill, Murphy had said he sought to “remind this administration that they do not have legal authorization to launch a war against Iran without our consent and that no one else is responsible but Trump for putting us on this blind campaign of escalation with no off-ramp.”

Chris Murphy@ChrisMurphyCT

I’m sitting next to @SenatorTomUdall right now in the Foreign Relations Commttee. We are minutes away from forcing a vote on denying funding for any unauthorized preemptive military action in Iran. Stay tuned.1,6037:13 PM – May 22, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy403 people are talking about this

Udall tweeted: “There can be no war without Congressional authorization. That’s not our opinion – that’s the Constitution.”

Tom Udall@SenatorTomUdall · May 22, 2019

Disappointed that our amendment failed. Every Republican besides @RandPaul voted against it.

But for the first time, senators are on the record about unconstitutional war with Iran. That’s big— and we’re not done.Tom Udall@SenatorTomUdallToday, as the Trump admin. openly provokes war with Iran, @ChrisMurphyCT & I are offering an amendment in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to stop the march to war and take back Congress’ constitutional authority. https://twitter.com/voxdotcom/status/1131218203911315458 …

Tom Udall@SenatorTomUdall

There can be no war without Congressional authorization. That’s not our opinion— that’s the Constitution.2428:11 PM – May 22, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy80 people are talking about this

“Every Republican except for @RandPaul opposed it,” Murphy tweeted.

Udall said in a statement: “Congress is a co-equal branch that has the sole authority to declare war – so we don’t have to sit around and watch this administration spiral us into another endless conflict in the Middle East.”

The panel’s decision comes days after President Trump warned the U.S. would destroy Iran should Tehran attack American targets – though he played down the comment on Monday by opening the door to dialogue, observers believe war remains a possible outcome of currently raised tensions.

A day before the vote Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan briefed lawmakers on intelligence on the continued threat Iran poses to US interests.

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