Schakowsky Votes to Limit President’s War Powers Against Iran

March 11, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Founding Member of the No War With Iran Caucus, issued the following statement after the U.S. House agreed to Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res.) 68 by a vote of 227 to 186:

“Today, I voted a resounding yes on a crucial resolution sent to us by the Senate that would limit President Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran. With this vote, Congress asserted its Constitutional right in Article 1 as the branch of government authorized to declare war. This bill, S.J.Res. 68, introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), directs the President to not engage in further hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran unless explicitly authorized by Congress by a declaration of war or a specific authorization for use of military force against Iran.

“In February, the Senate passed the same resolution by a bipartisan vote of 55 to 45, with eight Republicans voting for the resolution. In the House today, 6 Republicans supported the resolution. The question of whether the United States should engage in hostilities against Iran should be answered following a congressional vote, as outlined by the Constitution, not by President Trump or any future president.

“As I’ve said before, Iran’s problematic actions in the region need to be contained and Iran must be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Both efforts can be achieved without a dangerous and reckless war on Trump’s terms. War with Iran would have a devastating impact on U.S. national security as well; on the safety and wellbeing of our regional allies; and would further destabilize the region.”