The House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan bill, S.J.Res.68, which had already passed the Senate, that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities. All nine Massachusetts representatives voted Yes.
President Trump promised to get us out of forever wars — yet he vetoed legislation to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen and ended the Iran nuclear deal, a deal that Iran was respecting. Trump worked behind the scenes to ensure that the National Defense Authorization Act did not contain language restricting him from attacking Iran. He then committed an act of war in January by assassinating Iranian General Qassem Soleimani with a missile strike at Baghdad’s civilian airport. Both houses of Congress have now passed a bill to thwart a war with Iran.
Both chambers and both parties agree: President Trump must get Congressional approval before taking military action against Iran. Voters concur that Trump’s reckless policies against Iran could lead the U.S. into another forever war in the Middle East — one significantly costlier in American lives and taxpayer money than the failed Iraq War.??
The bill, S.J.Res. 68, passed in the Senate last month with the leadership of Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rand Paul (R-KY). Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and others, today made sure the House sent the bill as soon as possible to the president’s desk.
The Trump administration brought America to the brink of war by assassinating Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and nearly used air strikes. The maximally bad policy of maximum provocation towards Iran keeps the U.S. on the precipice of another horrific war of choice in the Middle East.?
Massachusetts Peace Action calls on Congress to keep up the pressure on this lawless President and ensure that the United States walks back from military action against Iran, ends pointless sanctions that are hurting thousands of civilians, and returns to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal.