|WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn delivered the following remarks today on the Floor in advance of the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the Iran War Powers Resolution limiting the President’s military actions against Iran:
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“Speaking out against the Vietnam War in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., implored: ‘We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace… If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.’
“Dr. King’s words are as apropos today. President Trump, in ordering a significant military strike without authorization from or even consultation with Congress, has brought us to the brink of war. The Constitution of this great country gives the solemn power to declare war to the people’s representatives in Congress—not one person in the White House.
“With this resolution, Congress is acting to uphold our constitutional responsibility. If the President believes military action against Iran is warranted, this resolution, and the Constitution, require him to make the case to Congress and receive authorization.
“Mr. Speaker, I truly regret that we find ourselves in this position today. The Trump Administration’s policy toward Iran—abandoning the nuclear deal rather than building on it, while escalating tensions instead—is an unwise application of American power, might, and strength.
“The strike against General Suleimani—a bad man who no American mourns—drags us closer to another long, dark, and shameful corridor to an unnecessary war.
“With this resolution, we are speaking for peace, as Dr. King instructed us, with compassion, morality, and clear vision. With this resolution, we are speaking for the Constitution.
“I urge the adoption of the resolution, and I yield back the balance of my time.”