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Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Prevent Further Iran Hostility Without Congressional Approval

January 9, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted to reaffirm that only Congress can declare war and directs the President to terminate the use of the U.S. military unilaterally in hostilities against Iran unless Congress authorizes it, or if it is necessary to defend against an imminent armed attack on the United States or our armed forces.

“Only Congress can declare war. Yet for almost two decades, presidents on both sides have operated under the 2001 Authorized Used of Military Force, that was passed in the days following 9/11, as a catch-all for any military action around the world. The American people do not want a war with Iran, and today the United States House of Representatives made that message loud and clear,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.  

Nothing in this resolution prevents the United States Armed Forces from taking any necessary defensive action against imminent armed attack as outlined by the 1974 War Powers Resolution, or continuing to pursue Al Qaeda, or its associated forces, as authorized by the existing 2001 Authorized Use of Military Force.