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Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War

In response to the Senate passing the bipartisan bill --


In response to the Senate passing the bipartisan bill -- S.J.Res.68 -- that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement:

"It's about time that Congress reclaim its constitutional decision to go to war. The bill passed in the Senate with the leadership of Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) makes clear that any president, especially President Trump, must come to Congress before going to war with Iran and stop any unauthorized military activities.

"The assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and aborted airstrikes by the Trump administration in the last several months brought America to the brink of war. The failed policy of maximum provocation towards Iran keeps the U.S. on the precipice of another blunderous war of choice in the Middle East.

"President Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the successful Iran nuclear agreement, which blocked all the pathways to a nuclear weapons and imposition of crippling sanctions on Iran, created high tensions and slammed the door on diplomacy. We need conversations not a catastrophe."

Peace Action is the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.