Bonamici in majority on House vote to require congressional OK for action against Iran
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici was in the majority when the U.S. House voted Thursday to pass a resolution to check President Donald Trump's ability to go to war with Iran.
The measure (House Concurrent Resolution 83) passed 226-193 on a largely party-line vote. One Democrat voted no and one Republican voted yes. The measure is unlikely to clear the Senate, which has a Republican majority, despite a similar resolution introduced by Oregon's two Democrats, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.
The House resolution requires Trump to seek congressional approval for further military action against Iran.
Bonamici joined Oregon Democrats Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader to vote for it; Oregon Republican Greg Walden opposed it.
Bonamici's statement following the vote:
"Passing a War Powers Resolution today was a clear stand — backed by the powers the Constitution granted to Congress — against President Trump's reckless decisions that escalated tensions with Iran, endangered our troops, and risked dragging us into another war.
"War should be a last resort, waged only under the rarest of circumstances when our national security is in direct jeopardy and no other option is available. The sparse evidence presented by the Trump administration to justify its actions has not met that standard. I will continue to do all I can to prevent a war with Iran and to exert the oversight of Congress in this serious matter."
The series of recent events began Friday, Jan. 3, with the targeted killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone at the airport in Baghdad, Iraq. Iran fired missiles Tuesday at two bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq, although no casualties were reported. Trump offered more conciliatory remarks on Wednesday.
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