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senate Bill S. 1039

Should Congress Ban the Use of Funds for War Against Iran?

Argument in favor

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are getting too high and there is an increasing potential of triggering an escalation into war. Congress should pump the brakes by passing a bill preventing the use of funds to wage war against Iran.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/16/2019
This military action has been provoked by the US from the very beginning. From leaving the treaty that was working to the return of the sanctions, to bumping up those sanctions to the greatest levels they have ever been all under questionable evidence in oil driven greed is once again destabilizing the Middle East, will cost us billions in money we don’t have, men and women we can ill afford to senselessly lose, and heighten our reputation as the most warlike nation on earth which we prove time and again. Don’t give trump one red cent. Now if trump, Pompeo,Miller and Bolton will actually get out front of the troops and lead them onto the battlefield because they believe this undeclared war is so righteous until the time Congress declares war, I might rethink this. And why would we let these guys decide on aggression? Every one is a draft dodger except Pompeo who spent 5 years in regular army.
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IllWill's Opinion
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06/16/2019
It is unconstitutional for any President to declare war without the approval of Congress! Plus, any war with Iran would lead to an enormous humanitarian catastrophe and be a huge waste of resources. War should only be declared if there is an imminent threat to our national security and that is not the case with Iran! The only reason tensions have increased with Iran is entirely the fault of our moronic President who pulled out of the nuclear agreement!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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06/16/2019
The USA credit card doesn’t have room for another unauthorized war. We can’t pay for the wars we are already in. No more wars!
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Argument opposed

The War Powers Resolution already does enough to constrain the ability of the executive branch to take actions using the U.S. military without congressional authorization. This bill’s could impair the security of U.S. forces under threat from Iran.

Lance's Opinion
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06/16/2019
By law the President has the right to declare a war and congress has 3 months to ok it Democrats again trying to take away a Presidential power just because it’s someone they hate because they can’t control him
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/16/2019
👎🏻S.1039 bill AKA “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act 👎🏻 I’m in strong opposition to the Democratic Senate S.1039 bill AKA the “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019” which would prohibit the use of funds for kinetic military operations against Iran unless they’re authorized by Congress, with exceptions to allow for a response to an imminent threat, to repel an attack, or to rescue U.S. citizens or personnel. “Kinetic military operations” refers to active warfare, as opposed to covert operations or cyberwarfare. The War Powers Resolution already does enough to constrain the ability of the executive branch to take actions using the U.S. military without congressional authorization. This bill’s could impair the security of U.S. forces under threat from Iran. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻 S.1039 👎🏻👎🏻. Y.16.19.....
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singinghawk926's Opinion
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06/16/2019
The War Powers Act has within it the necessary powers to ensure that Congress has the final say over when we go to war. Our representatives have in the past been unwilling to use it. There have been multiple reasons for their hesitancy, but there is no assurance that this bill will be an improvement any way over the existing law.
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      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedApril 4th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 1039?

This bill — the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019 — would prohibit the use of funds for kinetic military operations against Iran unless they’re authorized by Congress, with exceptions to allow for a response to an imminent threat, to repel an attack, or to rescue U.S. citizens or personnel. “Kinetic military operations” refers to active warfare, as opposed to covert operations or cyberwarfare.

This bill wouldn’t relieve the executive branch of restrictions on its use of force and reporting requirements set forth in the War Powers Resolution. The War Powers Resolution requires the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing U.S. forces to military action and prevents them from remaining for more than 60 days, with an additional 30 day withdrawal period unless Congress authorizes the use of force.

Impact

The U.S. military; Congress; and the executive branch.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1039

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced this bill to prohibit the use funds for military action against Iran:

“The calls for war with Iran are ripped straight out of the same playbook that launched us into the failed invasion of Iraq, and Congress must assert its constitutional authority to halt the march to war. The ongoing saber-rattling inches us closer and closer to conflict, borrowing from the same playbook that launched us into the failed invasion of Iraq, and endangering our national security, jeopardizing our diplomatic interests and alarming our allies. The consequences of war with Iran would be catastrophic, risking the lives of thousands of Americans while squandering our global reputation, with little chance of improving our long-term security. Congress must assert its constitutional authority to halt the march to war. The only way to stop Iran’s dangerous behavior in the region is with tough diplomacy in league with our allies, not threats and reckless aggression. With this legislation, we can empower Congress to once again assert its Constitutional authority to end the looming threat of war in order to make our nation, and the world, more safe. No administration, Democratic or Republican, should be permitted to enter the United States into another war in the Middle East without the approval of the American people and explicit authorization from Congress.”

The Trump administration recently deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group to the Middle East in response to a threat of an attack by Iran or its proxies, warning Iran “that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.” Iran also announced that it would stop exporting its nuclear program’s excess uranium and heavy water as was required by the nuclear agreement the Trump administration tried to renegotiate then withdrew from.

In response to questions from Politico about potential military intervention in Iran or Venezuela, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) said that intervention is “always” on the table as an option but declined to say whether he would require his committee to vote on an authorization for use of military force (AUMF).

This legislation is cosponsored by 11 senators who caucus as Democrats, including presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). It also has the support of VoteVets, JStreet, and the Friends Committee on National Legislation.


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AKA

Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019

Official Title

A bill to limit the use of funds for kinetic military operations in or against Iran

    This military action has been provoked by the US from the very beginning. From leaving the treaty that was working to the return of the sanctions, to bumping up those sanctions to the greatest levels they have ever been all under questionable evidence in oil driven greed is once again destabilizing the Middle East, will cost us billions in money we don’t have, men and women we can ill afford to senselessly lose, and heighten our reputation as the most warlike nation on earth which we prove time and again. Don’t give trump one red cent. Now if trump, Pompeo,Miller and Bolton will actually get out front of the troops and lead them onto the battlefield because they believe this undeclared war is so righteous until the time Congress declares war, I might rethink this. And why would we let these guys decide on aggression? Every one is a draft dodger except Pompeo who spent 5 years in regular army.
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    By law the President has the right to declare a war and congress has 3 months to ok it Democrats again trying to take away a Presidential power just because it’s someone they hate because they can’t control him
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    It is unconstitutional for any President to declare war without the approval of Congress! Plus, any war with Iran would lead to an enormous humanitarian catastrophe and be a huge waste of resources. War should only be declared if there is an imminent threat to our national security and that is not the case with Iran! The only reason tensions have increased with Iran is entirely the fault of our moronic President who pulled out of the nuclear agreement!
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    The USA credit card doesn’t have room for another unauthorized war. We can’t pay for the wars we are already in. No more wars!
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    Please congress must stop the war mongers.
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    Congress supposedly is the branch of government that declares war. But since that power has essentially been usurped by various Presidents, yes they should vote to withhold funding. ‘Cause watch out folks, looks like Deranged Donny is going to try and wag the dog. 505 days to go (If we’re still alive)
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    No funds to support a manufactured crisis, I don’t trust Iran. Sadly, I trust Trump less. I have long-feared he would provoke a military engagement to deflect attention from investigations into his lawlessness. I see no compelling “evidence” that Iran is even behind the attacks to date- all of which are minor and could easily be staged by Saudi’s who do not want pending arms sales stopped. I mean, a motor boat with 10 or so people on-board dressed in Iranian outfits, coming to the scene after one mine detonated to recover an ineffectively placed “dud” mine. Does not appear realistic! I would have expected much more from the feared “elite” Iranian special forces. If we are overtly attacked/threatened, I may have a different opinion.
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    No FUNDS for a provoked made up Trump Administration War.
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    👎🏻S.1039 bill AKA “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act 👎🏻 I’m in strong opposition to the Democratic Senate S.1039 bill AKA the “Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019” which would prohibit the use of funds for kinetic military operations against Iran unless they’re authorized by Congress, with exceptions to allow for a response to an imminent threat, to repel an attack, or to rescue U.S. citizens or personnel. “Kinetic military operations” refers to active warfare, as opposed to covert operations or cyberwarfare. The War Powers Resolution already does enough to constrain the ability of the executive branch to take actions using the U.S. military without congressional authorization. This bill’s could impair the security of U.S. forces under threat from Iran. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻 S.1039 👎🏻👎🏻. Y.16.19.....
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    Trump needs stopped and congress is trying with this bill! We would not need this if Trump had not pulled out of the agreement. Now we get to spend money running around cleaning up is MAGA mess!
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    Nobody wants a war as much as a President who is low in the polls.
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    We need to ban this appointed president from making any financial or war like statements or actions. He needs to surrender his assets and his passport. Then we can try him for treason.
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    I would guess, based on the 10,000+ lies told by this administration, that the American public, and the world, would not support military action initiated by our country. There is no trust in the word of the President or his cabinet. I blame the GOP and McConnell. Their lust for power is greater than their need to represent and properly govern our country.
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    Stay out of Iran, Trump is doing everything he can to provoke them. It’s all BS.
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    The United States was on the path to peace with Iran. Now we have moved to a war footing which will threaten stability in the region, put countless American lives at risk, and ruin all of our efforts to rebuild our relationship with Iran and bring them into the global community. War is a regressive step and we need to show the world that while we have the capability to defend ourselves we also have the best diplomatic abilities and can avoid conflict. Our brutal sanctions against Iran have made virtually impossible to enter into a negotiating framework with the nation. We should go back to the Iran deal and begin to make real progress towards lasting peace. Angry rhetoric and threats do not solve problems, reason and diplomacy does. It is up to congress to protect the will of the American people and we do not want another endless war without merit or reason. You can act to put a stop to this mad dash to war. Look at how we now view the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan— as unmitigated disasters. Don’t make the same mistake a third time.
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    Stop this Fascist madness!
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    The War Powers Act has within it the necessary powers to ensure that Congress has the final say over when we go to war. Our representatives have in the past been unwilling to use it. There have been multiple reasons for their hesitancy, but there is no assurance that this bill will be an improvement any way over the existing law.
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    Yeah...just like they tried to do w/ his wall😩
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    While doing so, will just mean the President will defy Congress and the will of the People, and declare an emergency.
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    Do not allow us to be tricked into another unending war.
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