Rep. Pappas Statement on the House Resolution Regarding the Use of Military Force in Iran

January 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) released the following statement after voting in favor of H. Con. Res. 83 regarding the President’s use of American military force in Iran:

“I am thankful no Americans were killed or wounded in Tuesday’s missile attacks by Iran, and I strongly condemn their aggression against the United States. We must continue to do everything in our power to protect American lives and prevent any further escalation.

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution makes clear, in no uncertain terms, that the power to declare war resides in the Congress of the United States. Additionally, the War Powers Resolution of 1973 requires the President to consult with Congress “in every possible instance” before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.

Congress has not authorized the President to use military force against Iran, and it was not consulted in advance of the President ordering his recent action. Because of this and the need for a thoughtful and firm policy toward Iran moving forward, I supported this resolution and call on the President to consult with Congress on any further application of force.

The United States must be a leader on the world stage now more than ever, drawing on our values and ability to be a force for peace, democracy, and human rights. I urge the Administration to present Congress and the American people with plans that open diplomatic channels and engage key allies; keep our soldiers, citizens, and partners safe; prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and exporting terror across the Middle East; and move us toward de-escalation.”