As House Passes No War Against Iran Act, Sanders and Khanna Call for a Senate Vote
January 31, 2020
WASHINGTON, January 30 – Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the House passed by a 228-vote majority the No War Against Iran Act, introduced by both of the lawmakers to prevent any money from being used for unauthorized military action against Iran:
“We applaud the House of Representatives for sending a strong message to the Trump Administration today by passing our No War Against Iran Act with a bipartisan majority. As opponents of the Iraq War who warned of the devastating consequences of that invasion, we believe a new war against Iran would be far, far worse. Donald Trump's recent military actions and threats could trigger another endless war, further destabilize the region, cause unimaginable human suffering and death, and squander trillions of dollars.
“Our job as lawmakers is to reassert our power under the Constitution to block funding for any new military intervention unless the Trump administration makes its case to Congress and obtains an authorization after a public debate and vote. The framers of the Constitution created this process to prevent a president from plunging our country into needless conflicts. The House has passed our No War Against Iran Act. The Senate must now do the same.
“Let us be clear, a war with Iran would be disastrous. We must not forget that it is working-class kids who will be the first to fight and die in a new war in the Middle East—not the children of the billionaire class.”