AOC Calls for Vote on Resolution Forcing Trump to Obtain Congressional Approval on Attacking Iran

In response to the killing of General Soleimani by U.S. airstrikes, progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for Congress to take action that would force President Trump to obtain congressional approval before taking offensive military action in Iran.

AOC offered 2 options, voting for a “War Powers Resolution” which would force Trump to obtain Congressional approval, or voting for a NDAA amendment, which would force Trump to get congressional approval before using federal funding for offensive action. 

AOC tweeted:

Last night the President engaged in what is widely being recognized as an act of war against Iran, one that now risks the lives of millions of innocent people.

Now is the moment to prevent war & protect innocent people – the question for many is how, publicly & Congressionally:

Right now is the moment to decide if you are pro-peace or not.

The cheerleaders of war, removed from its true cost, will gladly convince you that up is down – just as they did in Iraq in ‘03.

But war does not establish peace.
War does not create security.
War endangers us all.

War advocates start off saying “we all want peace, but…” or “it’s too late…” & frame a pro-peace agenda as naïve to realpolitik.

Don’t give into this gaslighting. The same folks selling us Iraq and selling us this latest provocation of violence. We cannot repeat this cycle.

Congress now has a moral and legal obligation to reassert its power to stop this war and protect innocent people from horrific consequences.

We have two immediate options:

1. Vote on a War Powers Resolution, which requires Trump to attain Congressional approval.

2. Reintroduce & vote on @RepRoKhanna’s bipartisan NDAA amendment, which blocks $ offensive action to Iran.

This amendment passed the House w/ bipartisan support not long ago, and was later gutted in negotiations. We can bring it back as a standalone bill.

War is a class conflict, too. The rich and powerful who open war escape the consequences of their decisions. It’s not their children sent into the jaws of violence.

It is often the vulnerable, the poor, & working people -who had little to no say in conflict – who pay the price.

While Rep. Matt Gaetz was part of the duo that introduced the NDAA amendment with Ro Khanna, he defended President Trump’s actions as one taken to save lives.

Gaetz tweeted:

If President @realDonaldTrump wanted war with Iran there were plenty of other opportunities to do that.

He does not want war with Iran, and neither do I.

The safety and security of Americans was central to the President’s thinking.

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