Schakowsky Statement on House Passage of the “No War Against Iran Act”

January 30, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement upon passage of the “No War Against Iran Act” which would deny funding to the Trump Administration to wage war against Iran unless Congress issues a formal declaration of war:

“War with Iran must be avoided. For this reason I voted to help pass the ‘No War Against Iran Act’ out of the House of Representatives. This important bill would deny Federal funds to President Trump to engage in military force in or against Iran unless Congress has declared war. From day one of the Trump Administration, I have been fighting to make certain Donald Trump will not lead us into military conflict with Iran, and this is an important piece of our efforts.

“It was only a few weeks ago that President Trump brought us to the brink of war with Iran when he ordered the assassination of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Leader Qasem Soleimani with no strategy to contain the fallout. In the wake of that attack, we learned the President wasn’t honest about an ‘imminent threat’ and he flat out lied to America and the world that no U.S. personnel were harmed during Iran’s retaliation. We now know that dozens of American troops station in Iraq suffered traumatic brain injuries from the impact of Iranian missiles. Thankfully the situation was deescalated in the short term, but that event could easily have resulted in numerous deaths and the start of active military conflict in Iran.

I will continue to speak out and organize against war with Iran. Presidents have broad authority to wage war under the powers provided by the War Powers Act. But Congress must continue to assert our constitutional authority. Three weeks ago, the House voted on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran. The Administration must work with Congress to deescalate and prevent further violence.  America and the world cannot afford war.”