Scanlon Votes 'Yes' on No War Against Iran Act

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Washington, January 30, 2020 | comments
Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon voted 'yes' on the No War Against Iran Act which would limit the president's ability to take military action without congressional approval. This measure passed the House 236-166, with bipartisan support.
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WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon voted yes on the No War Against Iran Act which would limit the president's ability to take military action without congressional approval. This measure passed the House 236-166, with bipartisan support. Congresswoman Scanlon shared the following statement: 

"Today, I proudly voted in support of the No War Against Iran Act and the repeal of the 2002 AUMF regarding the use of force in Iraq. These two critical provisions were previously adopted by the House as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019, but the House and Senate have seen fit to consider them again as standalone measures.

"We have been in a state of perpetual war for going on 20 years. To be clear, these measures do not prevent the administration from responding to emergency threats to our national security. However, they are a bipartisan and bicameral exercise by Congress as the only branch of government which has the power to declare war.

"Before this nation sends our children into harms way, members of Congress have the duty to consider and approve or disapprove such use of force. Americans have the right to hold them accountable for that decision.

"Repealing the 2002 AUMF and stating that no funds can be used for an unconstitutional war with Iran restores Congress’s Constitutional responsibilities. The American people deserve a voice in foreign military conflicts, and these necessary bills take a firm step in clawing back this power from the Executive Branch where it has resided for far too long.

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