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Source: United States Senator for Wisconsin Paul Ryan

March 11, 2020

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the House passed Senator Tim Kaine’s Joint Resolution limiting the President’s military action in Iran:

“Today, the House proudly joined a bipartisan majority in the Senate to reassert the war powers reserved to us by the Constitution and to honor our first responsibility as Members of Congress: to keep the American people safe.  Congress has an urgent responsibility to defend our constitutional authorities and our democracy’s system of separation of powers – particularly as the President claims that Article II means he can do ‘whatever he wants.’

“Sadly, the President does not seem to be treating the weighty decision to send our men and women into conflict with the seriousness and solemnity that it deserves.  We now know that more than 100 of our servicemembers have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is understood by both the military and medical communities to be the ‘signature wound’ and ‘silent epidemic’ of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Yet, very sadly, the President minimizes our soldiers’ wounds, saying: ‘I heard that they had headaches, and a couple of other things.  But I would say, and I can report it is not very serious.  Not very serious.’

“The House has worked seriously and urgently to reassert Congress’s constitutional authority on matters of war, passing Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s legislation to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and Congressman Ro Khanna’s legislation to prohibit funding for military action against Iran not authorized by Congress. 

“With this strong, bipartisan Joint Resolution, we once again call on the President to  listen to the will of Congress and the American people and advance a de-escalatory strategy now.  The American people do not want war.”