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Bernie Sanders Introduces Petition to Prohibit War With Iran Without Congress' Approval
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50306"><span class="small">Rachel Frazin, The Hill</span></a>   
Friday, 17 May 2019 08:11

Frazin writes: "Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) launched a petition Thursday to 'tell Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without Congressional approval.'"

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)

Bernie Sanders Introduces Petition to Prohibit War With Iran Without Congress' Approval

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill

17 May 19


residential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) launched a petition Thursday to "tell Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without Congressional approval."

"Unfortunately for this president and people like [National Security Adviser] John Bolton who love endless wars, the constitutional authority for declaring war rests with the United States Congress — not the president –– no matter if that president is a Democrat or a Republican," Sanders said in a campaign email to supporters.

"It is long past time my colleagues in the Senate reassert that authority," he added. "It is something we must do again as the president marches us toward war with Iran." 

The petition also asked signers to contribute to Sanders' campaign.

Tensions between the U.S. and the Middle Eastern nation have escalated in recent weeks. President Trump has reportedly told Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan that he does not want the U.S. to go to war with Iran despite calls from some advisers. Earlier this week, Trump denied a report that his administration is working on a plan to deploy 120,000 troops to the Middle East, but said he would “absolutely” send them if it were necessary. 

Congressional leaders Thursday also received a confidential briefing in Iran. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made remarks similar to Sanders' sentiments Thursday, telling reporters that "the responsibility in the Constitution is for Congress to declare war." 

"I hope that the president's advisers recognize they have no authorization to go forward in any way," she said. 

Sanders is among more than 20 people competing for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination.

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+4 # laborequalswealth 2019-05-17 09:35
Go read the comments to the Fox article about Iran allegedly attacking Saudi oil tankers. Not even Foxbots support our kids dying to protect the wealth of a pack of barbaric Saudi billionaires.
+2 # Robbee 2019-05-17 10:03
Bernie Sanders Introduces Petition to Prohibit War With Iran Without Congress' Approval
By Rachel Frazin, The Hill
17 May 19

- O U T S T A N D I N G !
+4 # draak 2019-05-17 10:57
Why doesn't the article provide a link to the petition?
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-17 13:10
Yes, this is very necessary. Congress should cut the Pentagon's budget by 50% if it continues the planning and weapons build up around Iran. Make the Pentagon pay. Cancel contracts for major weapons systems.

Yesterday, some reporter asked Trump if the US was going to go to war against Iran. His answer was, "I hope we don't." This just shows that the real powers in the white house --Bolton, Pompeo, Netanyahoo, CIA -- have not even told Trump what is going on. He hopes they won't do anything rash. If we soon see Trump reading stories about a pet goat to first graders somewhere in Florida, we will know the war is on. Presidents are usually sent on some goat errand when the real decisions are made.
0 # psephoLibran 2019-05-17 14:28
FWIW, it wd be helpful to clarify some aspects of the American political system. Are there regulations for who and/or how the US declares war? Any repercussions if a president doesn't follow them and declares war?
It was a surprise to many in the world that a candidate won the presidency when another candidate got ~3M more votes.
Now is it Sanders's fear that though it's Congress's responsibility to declare war, Trump will unilaterally do it?
If so, good move to try to ensure the Congress's role is followed before faced with a fait accompli.
Or, maybe a review of the Constitution to confirm it reflects the wishes/views of the people.
Have heard there's some feeling in the US to review or remove the Electoral College. One of its aims, after all, in the beginning to prevent a Roman Catholic from becoming president (b/c of the oath). JFK overcame that.

[On a minor point, surprised The Hill did not know that to omit the possessive S, the word has to be plural, not just end in S -- hence Bridget Jones's Diary, and Bridget is the Joneses' daughter; the boss's office and the bosses' club.]

Come to think of it, major and topical (but not for this article), wrt abortion, much wd be solved (and made fair, equal for the parents) if the responsibility for the baby is shared, both. The woman gives birth, the man supports the child. IOW, the father must commit to providing for any progeny he produces.
Then watch the laws change.
+1 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-05-17 15:51
There is already a law authorizing Congress the responsibility to declare War. All we need is a Congress to do its job. Gotta keep the war Machine well fed so it can buy politicians who support War.
0 # DongiC 2019-05-18 07:54
The question of the day is can Congress regain control of its power to declare war? Something tells me the odds are long against it. Here's hoping, though, for God only knows what the monster in the White House has planned. - for all of us.