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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

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Ruppersberger Supports War Powers Resolution to Limit Military Action Against Iran

Jan 9, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement after voting to support a War Powers Resolution directing the President to end the use of our military in hostilities against Iran unless Congress authorizes them or the use is necessary to defend against an imminent attack:
 
“Since President Trump authorized the military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials, the United States is closer to war with Iran than we have been since 1988. Our troops and our diplomats are less safe. And our President seems to have no respect for the Constitutionally-granted system of checks and balances created by our forefathers.
 
The President’s War Powers Act notification – delivered via classified letter and Tweet – following the airstrike was woefully inadequate. I learned more about the intelligence behind the airstrike from Wolf Blitzer than I did from the Administration’s classified briefing provided to lawmakers yesterday. It has become increasingly clear that the President has no strategy to keep Americans safe moving beyond his rash decision to escalate tensions with Iran, especially our troops on the frontlines.
 
Today, in passing a War Powers Resolution to limit military action against Iran, the House of Representatives has sent a message to President Trump: Congress has not authorized war with Iran. We must be consulted under the law. And we expect diplomacy to prevail.”