Summary: This bill prohibits the obligation or expenditure of federal funds for any use of military force in or against Iran unless Congress has either declared war or enacted specific statutory authorization for such use.
An exception is made for a presidential exercise of power to introduce Armed Forces into hostilities (or situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated) when there is a national emergency created by an attack upon the United States.
The bill further states that no prior authorizations of military force may be construed to authorize the use of military force against Iran, and it repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. (Cosponsors)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 6/03/19.
STATUS: Introduced 1/15/19 by Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3].
- The bill passed the House via voice vote on 09/19/19).
- On motion to concur in the Senate amendment with amendment specified in section 4(b) of H. Res. 811 Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 236 – 166 (Roll no. 34). (text: CR H726-727)
- On motion to concur in the Senate amendment with amendment specified in section 4(a) of H. Res. 811 Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 228 – 175 (Roll no. 33). (text: CR H717-718)
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “The American people are sick and tired of endless wars. Nonetheless, the Trump administration has impulsively brought us to the brink of a disastrous and unnecessary war with Iran,” said Sanders. “The war in Iraq was the worst foreign policy blunder in the modern history of our country. We must learn from our mistakes, not repeat them. We need to invest our financial resources in improving lives here in America, not waste trillions more on wars. The Congress and the American people must do everything possible to prevent a war with Iran.” (Source: Sen. Sanders, Press Release, 01/09/2019)