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Statement from Rep. Peter DeFazio on U.S. Killing of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani

Jan 2, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today released the following statement on President Trump’s order of a military strike on Iranian General Qassim Suleimani, a top commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps:

“If we are not careful, President Trump’s impulsive recklessness will lead the United States into yet another endless war in the Middle East. Our founders ensured that the Constitution grants Congress—not the executive branch—the power to declare war, specifically to act as a check on presidential war-mongering.

“If he intends to engage U.S. forces in hostile action, President Trump must immediately convene Congress, share the intelligence that precipitated this strike, and ask for authority under the War Powers Act. There is still time to stop this risky escalation, but Congress must assert its constitutionally-granted war powers immediately to do so.”