January 07, 2020

Udall, Paul Call for Vote on Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

Bipartisan authors of bill to prevent unauthorized war urge colleagues act to halt a march to war with Iran

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sent a letter to their Senate colleagues requesting them to support their bipartisan bill, The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019, and calling for a Senate vote on this important bipartisan legislation. The bill currently has 27 co-sponsors in the Senate.

Udall and Paul originally introduced The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act in September of 2018, and then again in April 2019 as S.1039. The bill, which affirms the constitutional role of Congress as the sole branch of government with the power to declare war, prohibits any funding for an unauthorized attack on Iran.

“As the New Year began, President Trump entered the United States into hostilities against Iran without Congressional approval,” the senators wrote. “Last year, Congress took a stand against such actions when a bipartisan majority of members in both the House and Senate voted in favor of our amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Authorization to Prevent an Unconstitutional War with Iran.

“With tensions in the region continuing to escalate, we urge all Senators to join as cosponsors of S. 1039, The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act,” the senators continued. “This important bipartisan bill would work to restore the Constitutional balance between the Congress and the executive and curtail this administration’s reckless actions in the Middle East against Iran.” 

The senators were also authors of an amendment based off their legislation to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent unconstitutional war with Iran. The amendment gained support from a bipartisan majority of Senators.

The text of the senators’ letter is available HERE and below.

Dear Colleague,

As the New Year began, President Trump entered the United States into hostilities against Iran without Congressional approval. Last year, Congress took a stand against such actions when a bipartisan majority of members in both the House and Senate voted in favor of our amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Authorization to Prevent an Unconstitutional War with Iran.

With tensions in the region continuing to escalate, we urge all Senators to join as cosponsors of S. 1039, The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act. Introduced on April 4, 2019, this legislation prohibits the military operations against Iran without approval from Congress.  This important bipartisan bill would work to restore the Constitutional balance between the Congress and the executive and curtail this administration’s reckless actions in the Middle East against Iran. S. 1039 is currently cosponsored by 27 members of the Senate. I urge you to cosponsor this important legislation, and I call on Senate leadership to bring this legislation to the floor immediately.

Sincerely,