January 08, 2020

Udall Speaks on CNN Urging De-Escalation with Iran, Calls on Congress to Halt March to War

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined CNN Newsroom to urge de-escalation with Iran and to call on Congress to halt the march to war. Udall is the author of the bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Actfirst introduced in 2018 and then again in 2019, a bill to prohibit the United States from expending funds which could lead to war with Iran without express approval from Congress, as required by the Constitution. His legislation – S. 1039 – currently has 27 cosponsors in the Senate. 

The full clip is available HERE.

“We should be trying to de-escalate in any way we can, de-escalate this situation on both sides. And I don't believe that it's in the interest of the United States or anybody in the region to be moving forward with a war,” Udall said. “Let's try to move back and see if we can't resolve things more peacefully, more diplomatically. Try to talk to each other. Unfortunately, this reminds me an awful lot of the build-up to the war in Iraq where one side goes back and forth, back and forth and we're headed on a very dangerous path.” 

“Congress has abdicated its responsibility,” Udall continued. “It has not stepped up to the plate. This is something that Congress has needed to do for a long time. In fact, we have had bipartisan support for the resolution that I attempted to attach as an amendment to the NDAA. Fifty-one senators supported that resolution. The House put it in with a bipartisan majority also in the Defense Authorization Act. So I think there's strong, bipartisan support to say if you're going to get in a war, Mr. President, come to the Congress and make your case.”

Watch the full clip HERE.