Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García’s Statement on Today’s Passage of a War Powers Resolution Limiting the President’s Military Action Against Iran

January 9, 2020
Press Release
“Congress must reassert its sole authority to declare war”

Washington, D.C - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass H.Con.Res. 83, directing President Trump to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces in hostilities against Iran:

“Today, I was proud to vote for H.Con.Res. 83, which limits the President’s ability to go to war with Iran and underscores Congress’ exclusive Constitutional authority to declare war. The hundreds of messages I’ve received from my constituents urging me to oppose another war reaffirm my long-held conviction -- war should always be a last resort.

“In May 2018, Trump walked away from the international agreement negotiated by President Obama (the JCPOA) that limited Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons and established a long-sought diplomatic conversation with Iran. Trump’s abrupt withdrawal from the agreement with Iran decreased stability in the Gulf region.

“President Trump’s reckless approach to foreign policy has made the world a more dangerous place. Rather than make us safer, his decision to assassinate Iranian General Qassem Suleimani prompted Iranian airstrikes on U.S. military bases in Iraq and increased the threat of war.

“It’s our job to keep the President from starting another endless war. This is why I also support H.R. 2456 to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to prevent its misuse as justification for hostilities against Iran. This moment calls for meaningful diplomacy the likes of which we have yet to see from this Administration.”