Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09)
July 12, 2019
The NDAA that passed the House today used language from Congressman Levin’s AUMF Clarification Act, which makes clear that Congress has not approved an attack on Iran.
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the National Defense Authorization Act that contained language from Congressman Levin’s AUMF Clarification Act, which would make clear that the President does not have Congressional authorization to initiate a war with Iran. The bill passed 251-170 wit bipartisan support.
“Only Congress has the Constitutional authority to declare war, and the Trump Administration has to obey our Constitution,” Congressman Levin said. “A bipartisan amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act requires the President to abide by the Constitution and come to Congress before carrying out military action against Iran. I was proud to introduce the bipartisan AUMF Clarification Act, and I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of the amendment in the NDAA that passed the House today. This action is necessary both to preserve the Constitutional powers of Congress and to prevent endless wars.”
The AUMF Clarification Act expresses the Sense of Congress that neither the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force passed after 9/11, nor the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, nor any other existing law gives the President legal authority to use force against Iran, and clarifies that none of these laws may be construed to provide that authority.
In May, Congressman Levin sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing concerns about the Secretary’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, during which Secretary Pompeo failed to state unequivocally that the Administration will not use military force against Iran without Congressional authorization.