Congressman Andy Levin Calls for Passage of the AUMF Clarification Act Following Iran Strike

January 3, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today made the following statement:

“Since my first days in Congress, I have been working to end unauthorized wars. Today, I am very concerned that the president is on the verge of starting an unauthorized war with Iran.

“Last May, I introduced the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Clarification Act to make clear that the president does not have Congressional authorization to initiate a war with Iran. If President Trump believes he needs that authority, he must follow the Constitution, come to Congress, and make his case.

“Obviously, Iran is a dangerous actor on the world stage and Qasem Soleimani was an enemy of the United States. There is no disagreement there. But this president is all impulse and no strategy. We have yet to see a plan in which the U.S. avoids another disastrous war in the Middle East. In the wake of last night’s strike, our top priority must be to protect Americans at home and abroad. That is my goal: to return to Washington and pass the AUMF Clarification Act to save America from another costly war.”

The AUMF Clarification Act expresses the Sense of Congress that neither the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force passed after 9/11, the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, nor any other existing law gives the legal authority to use force against Iran, and clarifies that none of these laws may be construed to provide that authority.

In May of 2019, Congressman Levin sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing concerns about the secretary’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, during which Secretary Pompeo failed to state unequivocally that the Administration will not use military force against Iran without Congressional authorization.