VIDEO: Rep. Andy Levin Gives Remarks on House Floor Supporting War Powers Resolution

January 9, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today spoke on the House Floor in support of H.Con.Res.83, a War Powers Resolution limiting the President’s military actions regarding Iran.


Read the full transcript below:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

I rise in strong support of this resolution, sponsored by my friend from Michigan, Congresswoman Slotkin.

This President’s foreign policy failures have brought us to the brink of war. The Administration has provided no evidence to demonstrate what imminent threat made Qasem Soleimani’s assassination and the perilous, predictable fallout necessary. But they have demonstrated a shocking dismissiveness as to what’s at stake.

On the threat of retaliation from Iran, Secretary Pompeo said, “It may be that there’s a little noise here in the interim.” President Trump said, “if it happens, it happens.”

To the parents who are worried sick about their kids serving in the Middle East, it isn’t “a little noise.” Their children’s lives are at stake.

Those stakes make today’s vote necessary.

The question before us is simple: can we let this President drag us into another war that will cost billions of taxpayer dollars and, most importantly, American lives?

Will we at long last stand up and fulfill our Constitutional duty to make decisions on war and peace?

I urge my colleagues to vote for this resolution and I yield back the balance of my time.