Evans: House Votes to Restrict Military Action Against Iran

January 9, 2020
Press Release
Would Return War Powers to Congress As Constitution Specifies

WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2020) – Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) today voted for legislation that would sharply limit President Trump’s ability to use military force against Iran without first securing congressional approval.

“The American people do not want a war with Iran! The recent crisis was caused by President Trump’s unnecessary, reckless provocation and it made Americans less safe. These events underline why we must return war powers to Congress as the Constitution calls for. The legislation the House passed would do that, and the Senate should vote on it within days. We cannot have American lives at risk because of another impulsive action from this president or any future president,” Evans said.

“When the founders wrote our Constitution in Philadelphia, they spelled this out very clearly: ‘The Congress shall have Power To … declare War.’ It’s right there in Article I, Section 8. The founders gave the war power to the branch of government that is most accountable to the people.

“President Trump’s erratic approach to war and peace has not worked with North Korea, and the American people will not be well-served by rash behavior in the Middle East either. President Obama worked to de-escalate tensions in the region through a nuclear limitation deal with Iran – President Trump broke that deal and the result has been increased danger in an already volatile region, leading to the recent crisis. War must be a last resort – we need a return to a diplomacy-first approach and returning war powers to Congress where they belong would do a great deal to accomplish that.

“Now is the time for members of Congress from both parties to do our duty and reclaim the war powers as the founders intended.”