Today, Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a resolution emphasizing that the current Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) did not provide legal justification for war with Iran.
“The resolution I introduced today acknowledges a simple fact: The current Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) do not provide legal justification for war with Iran. From this starting point, Congress should revisit the AUMF and have a thoughtful, bipartisan discussion on how best to approach this subject to address current and future threats against the United States.”
In June 2019, the Trump Administration stated that the 2001 and 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) did not allow the U.S. to engage in war with Iran
This week, Democratic Leadership brought forward a vote on
H.R. 2456 which calls for repealing of the 2002 AUMF and
H.R. 5543 which blocks funds for the use of any military force in or against Iran without Congressional declaration of war, a new AUMF, or a national emergency.
Both bills were brought up for votes after recent altercations with the country of Iran and in response to perceived escalations towards war.
In response, Congressman Curtis introduced this resolution to reaffirm the sense of Congress that the 2001 and 2002 AUMF do not provide legal justification for war with Iran.
Throughout 2019, Iran has engaged in reckless escalation culminating in the December 31, 2019 attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad by Iranian proxies, which the President responded to with a targeted killing of Soleimani.
The Resolution also acknowledges the Trump Administration’s restraint and appropriate response to Iranian escalation throughout 2019.