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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF CONGRESSIONAL INITIATIVES TO PREVENT THE PRESIDENT’S USE OF MILITARY FORCE

Whereas the Trump Administration unilaterally withdrew the United States from the agreement that President Obama reached with Iran limiting the development and spread of nuclear weapons, has continued to escalate tensions with Iran leading to the attack that specifically targeted a senior Iranian military officer and threatened war with Iran, and has attempted to justify this action by citing the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF); and


Whereas Congressional Democrats have condemned the Trump Administration for planning and executing this attack without any consultation with the House of Representatives or the Senate; the House, in order to prevent the Administration from taking further unilateral steps towards war, has passed several bills, including a War Resolutions Act stating that Congress has not authorized the President to use military force against Iran, a repeal of the AUMF, and a bill blocking federal funding for unilateral military action against Iran; and the Senate will be considering similar measures; and


Whereas the California Democratic Party passed a resolution in 2019, calling for the repeal of the AUMF, a Congressional act that has been abused by this and previous Administrations to justify military actions without seeking the consent of Congress;


Therefore Be It Resolved

That the California Democratic Party opposes President Trump's unilateral military actions that have brought the United States closer to war with Iran, applauds the actions of the House in passing bills to repeal the AUMF and restrain the Administration’s use of military force against Iran without Congressional approval, and urges the Senate to support similar legislation;


Be It Further Resolved

That the California Democratic Party urges all Democratic Party bodies, all California Democratic elected officials, and all local government bodies in California to support Congressional initiatives to restrain the Trump Administrations from provoking war with Iran and to assert the constitutional primacy of Congress, not the President, in deciding on use of military force.


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