PAAIA Supports House Bill To Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

Washington, DC – Today, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that aims to prohibit the use of any funding for an attack against Iran that is not authorized by Congress. The bill is sponsored by U.S. House Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA/18th) and Walter Jones (R-NC/3rd) and follows a similar companion measure that was introduced in the Senate last September.

The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act recognizes that U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, has increased the potential for conflict with Iran. The legislation reaffirms the role of Congress to declare war by ensuring that any decision to take military action against Iran must first be authorized by the legislative body.

“The President’s decision to walk away from the JCPOA is an abdication of U.S. global leadership and his continued threats to wage war against Iran leaves our country without any clear strategy for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran from moving forward,” said Rep. Eshoo in a press release. “Military action should only be used as a measure of last resort and this legislation will ensure that any decision to do so is debated and considered by Congress in front of the American people.”

Since 2008, PAAIA’s polling data has consistently shown that, while Iranian Americans want to see a democratic Iran that respects human rights and is part of the international community, they prefer to resolve differences with the Iranian regime through diplomacy rather than military conflict. With respect to the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, seventy percent (70%) of Iranian Americans in 2018 disagreed with the decision to abandon the deal and the majority believe that the withdrawal could increase the chance of military conflict with Iran.

Congress must act to restore its power under the Constitution and prevent any unnecessary war with Iran. Ask your Members of Congress to support this legislation!

December 13, 2018

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