(9 Jan 2020) A show of bicameral support on Capitol Hill Thursday for legislation to stop President Donald Trump from starting a war with Iran.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna unveiled the No War Against Iran Act, a new legislation to block all funding for unconstitutional military action against Iran.
"The Trump administration is misleading us on Iran," said Sanders.
"They have justified the assassination of Qassem Soleimani by claiming that he was planning imminent attacks on hundreds of Americans in the region. And yet they produce no evidence that would justify this claim, not even in a classified setting."
This comes after Trump ordered a drone strike last week that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Iran retaliated early Wednesday local time by launching missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops.
No casualties were reported.
The Trump administration briefed lawmakers on Wednesday on its actions in Iran. Democrats and at least two Republicans expressed dissatisfaction with the briefings.
Democrats said the administration didn’t provide enough evidence that Soleimani posed an imminent threat warranting the U.S. strike.
"Congress in the past has been willing to exercise the power of the purse. It’s only in this century that we have not. We should have, frankly, stopped the escalation in Iraq. We should have stopped the escalation in Afghanistan," said Khanna.
"And now we must stop the escalation in Iran. We’re not an impotent body. We get to decide who gets funding for these military operations. And this bill says absolutely no funding for an offensive war in Iran."
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