Sarbanes Votes to Rein in President Trump’s Use of Military Force in the Middle East

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for the No War Against Iran Act and for a repeal of the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF):

“Today, my colleagues and I took additional steps to prevent the Trump Administration from launching future military attacks on Iran without the consent of the American people through their representatives in Congress. President Trump’s careless adventurism in the Middle East has sharply escalated tensions between the United States and Iran, frayed American alliances throughout the region and needlessly put the lives of American military members, foreign service officers and diplomats at risk. We cannot allow the President to unilaterally wage war without Congressional authority and approval.

“Importantly, Congress also acted today to finally repeal the decades-old 2002 Iraq AUMF, an obsolete law passed to enable the disastrous Iraq War. The United States must chart a new course in foreign policy that promotes peace, justice, prosperity and human rights around the world – not engage in perpetual, destabilizing and destructive wars.”