Washington, DC— Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced his support for a War Powers Resolution, which would prevent further military escalation with Iran without authorization from Congress. This resolution comes after U.S. forces conducted an airstrike on the Baghdad International Airport last week, targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. The President failed to notify Congress before the strike, despite a legal obligation to do so.
“No one wants another prolonged U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. If the President wants to continue escalating an already tense situation with Iran, then his Administration must come to Congress and present a clear, thought-out strategy,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “This resolution sends a clear message to this Administration, our men and women in uniform, and all Americans: we will not go into another war without the President making the case to the American people and seeking approval from Congress—the only branch that has the power to declare war under the Constitution.”
Rep. Kind has pushed Congress to uphold its sole Constitutional power to declare war by pressing U.S. Administrations of both parties to receive authorization for the use of military force. In addition to cosponsoring this War Powers Resolution, he is also a cosponsor of the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, which would block the Administration from using military force against Iran unless receiving authorization from Congress or in response to an imminent threat. Rep. Kind also supported the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, which President Trump left in 2018 without putting forward an alternative plan that protects the interests of the United States.