News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends – 


Last week I voted to stop President Trump from going to war with Iran.


The authorization of the use of military force under Article I Section 8 of the Constitution is Congress’ responsibility! Any military action is tantamount to an act of war and it is Congress that must lay out the principles, policies, and justification for action and fully debate and inform the public before any further decisions are made. That has been my position since I voted against the war with Iraq in 2002.


The vote on the War Powers Resolution (H. Con. Res. 83) is the first step that Congress has taken to reassert itself as the Constitution requires it to do. The other step we must take is to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations of Use of Military Force (AUMFs) that were passed by Congress almost 20 years ago, but due to overly broad language have been used by Presidents Bush, Obama and now Trump, to conduct military action outside their intended scope. 


The Constitution requires Congress to take responsibility and the American people expect their elected representatives to do their duty.


My statement on the airstrike can be found here. In May 2019, I sent a letter warning the President that he must come to Congress before engaging U.S. Armed Forces to confront Iran since the 2001 AUMF does not apply to military engagement with Iran. I am also a cosponsor of Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill to repeal the 2001 AUMF (H.R. 1274), a cosponsor of Rep. Eshoo’s legislation (H.R. 2354) and Rep. Khanna’s NDAA Amendment to prohibit the use of any funds for military operations in or against Iran in absence of Congressional authorization.

John B. Larson
Member of Congress


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