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May 07, 2020

Inhofe Speaks on the Senate Floor in Opposition to Iran War Powers Resolution

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the Senate floor today against S.J.Res.68, the War Powers Resolution. 

As Prepared for Delivery: 

Just a few short months ago, President Trump made the boldest defense policy decision of his presidency to date: he authorized an air strike against the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, in accordance with his authorities as Commander in Chief under Article II of the U.S. Constitution.  

Now, let’s remember who Soleimani was. He was a terrorist. He was responsible for training and funding militias across the Middle East—the very militias that have targeted American personnel, facilities, and partners for decades.  

Some people out there believe that his action was a rush to war. Nothing could be further from the truth – but instead of looking at the facts, they pushed ahead with a war powers resolution that, instead of making more war less likely – it made it more likely.  

The resolution was shortsighted and dangerous in February, but in the four months since then, have only confirmed that it was not necessary. We’re clearly not at war.  

Not only that, but an airstrike is not war.  Defending American lives is not war.  And the President has made it clear that he does not desire war. 

Nobody here wants war.  But at the same time, nobody should want a policy that would leave Americans vulnerable to the whims of Iran’s terrorist-supporting regime.   

If we do that – if we tie the President’s hands so that he cannot defend American lives – we leave ourselves more vulnerable, and therefore make war infinitely more likely. 

Accordingly, we all must vote today to sustain the President’s veto.

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