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Statement: House passes Khanna Iran Bill with Bipartisan Support

January 30, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Khanna’s bill to prevent taxpayer funding from being used to take military action against Iran without congressional authorization. Following the successful vote of 228 Yeas to 175 Nays, Rep. Khanna issued the following statement:

“The American government has spent trillions of taxpayer dollars fighting endless wars across the Middle East. Today, Congress passed two historic pieces of legislation to reassert our authority over matters of war and peace. I commend Rep. Barbara Lee for her tireless pursuit of repealing the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, and thank Speaker Pelosi, Leader Hoyer, and Whip Clyburn for their support in bringing this critical legislation to the floor for a vote.

Likewise, I applaud Rep. Matt Gaetz, for standing behind his convictions and putting our constitution over party. From the start, our legislation was aimed at preventing offensive and unauthorized military action against Iran. There’s a reason that’s a bipartisan priority: it’s in our constitution.

I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take this opportunity to stand up for our democracy and reestablish a balance of power between the branches of our government. This Administration’s Iran policy, time and time again, has brought us to the brink of war, risking American security and our constitutional integrity. A war with Iran would be a disaster for the entire world. The future of American foreign policy cannot continue to pursue unauthorized military interventionism over diplomacy and our constitution.”

 

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About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.