Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2020 — In response to two high-profile war powers votes on the House floor today, Peace Action released the following statement:
“Our nation’s endless wars are on autopilot, with Trump fitfully grabbing the steering wheel until his attention wanders somewhere else. Today’s votes are a step toward Congress reclaiming its power — and duty — to determine U.S. war policy.” said Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action.
“We’ve come within moments of going to war with Iran not once, but twice. First last summer with aborted airstrikes, and then with the military exchange triggered by the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani,” Rainwater continued. “Only a fool would believe that the danger is over. The U.S. is still in a high stakes standoff with Iran. We can’t tempt fate a third time because we might not end up so lucky. Representative Ro Khanna’s bill yanks the budgetary pursestrings shut to prevent Trump from stumbling into a regional, likely global, conflagration.”
“The vote to pass Representative Barbara Lee’s bill to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) is important for many reasons. The Trump administration is actively using the 2002 AUMF to justify military action against Iran. The bill ends that legal sleight of hand. At the same time, repealing this outmoded, unneeded war authorization is necessary to put decades of endless wars behind us,” added Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action.
Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest grassroots peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts.