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Rep. Omar and Rep. Barbara Lee announce War Powers Resolution in U.S. House of Representatives

Updated: January 05, 2020 06:02 PM

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Barbara Lee of California announced Sunday they have introduced a War Powers Resolution in the United States House of Representatives. 

The resolution directs the removal of the United States Armed Forces from hostilities against Iran that have not been authorized by Congress, according to a release from the office of Rep. Omar. The House resolution is a companion to the resolution in the Senate authored by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia. 

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"Let's not mince words: the assassination of Qasem Soleimani was an act of war undertaken without Congressional authorization, in violation of the Constitution of the United States of America. Following the assassination, 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 Trump and his accomplices. We in Congress must exercise our Constitutional duty—and do everything in our power to stop another disastrous war. " Rep. Omar said.

The resolution requires that any hostilities with Iran be explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force. It does not, however, prevent the United States from defending itself from imminent attack, according to the release. 

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