January 03, 2020

Congressman Neguse Statement on Airstrike in Iraq

Washington D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Neguse issued the below statement following the Administration’s airstrike in Iraq:

"Only Congress has the power to declare war.  The President’s unilateral decision to launch this airstrike, yet again, comes without consultation or caution and signals the need for clarification of the Authorization of Military Force. That is precisely why I voted in support of a bipartisan amendment earlier this year that would have avoided a dangerous escalation with Iran by preventing federal funds from being used for any military force in or against Iran without congressional authorization.

Congress must reassert its constitutional obligations under Article I without further delay. And the Administration must consult Congress, as required by law, on both the airstrike and the next steps necessary to keep our country and service members safe."