Omar, Lee introduce House resolution preventing US military action against Iran not authorized by Congress

Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar, Lee introduce House resolution preventing US military action against Iran not authorized by Congress Trump lashes out at ‘squad’: ‘They hate Jewish people’ Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far MORE (D-Minn.) and Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeBorder Patrol denies claims of order to detain Iranian Americans Omar, Lee introduce House resolution preventing US military action against Iran not authorized by Congress Rep. Barbara Lee married in New Year’s Eve ceremony MORE (D-Calif.) said in a press release Sunday that they would introduce a resolution to invoke the War Powers Act to withdraw U.S. troops from hostilities with Iranian-backed forces in the Middle East.

The resolution released by the two lawmakers would explicitly tie any military action against Iran to a congressional vote, though the U.S. would not be prevented from responding to an Iranian attack.

“We in Congress must exercise our Constitutional duty—and do everything in our power to stop another disastrous war,” Omar said in a statement. “Following the assassination [of Gen. Qassem Soleimani
,] thousands of additional troops were sent to the Middle East in one of the largest rapid deployments seen in decades. This follows years of saber-rattling and threats of war against Iran by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGolden Globes host Ricky Gervais to celebs: Don’t get political Trump says he’ll sanction Iraq if US troops forced to leave Trump doubles down on threat to Iran cultural sites MORE and his accomplices.”

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“It’s past time for Congress to reassert our Constitutional authority and return to diplomacy with Iran and our allies,” added Lee, the sole member of Congress to vote against war in Afghanistan in 2001.

The U.S. and Iran have been at the brink of military conflict following the death of Soleimani, head of Iran’s Quds Force, in a U.S. airstrike outside the Baghdad airport just days ago. Soleimani was reportedly in the country for a meeting with Iraq’s prime minister, who has since called for U.S. troops to withdraw from the country.

Progressives including Omar and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar, Lee introduce House resolution preventing US military action against Iran not authorized by Congress Sanders leads in New Hampshire, in 3-way tie for first in Iowa: poll The Democrats’ strategy conundrum: a ‘movement’ or a coalition? MORE (I-Vt.) have characterized the killing of Soleimani, a high-ranking Iranian official, as an assassination in official statements, while other Democrats have refused to do so.

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