January 09, 2020

Castro Floor Remarks Supporting Resolution Limiting Trump’s Military Action Against Iran

- As Delivered -

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of H.Con.Res.83, a resolution directing the President (pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution) to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In the last few days, the American people have been unwillingly taken to the brink of war at the direction of this Administration.

“Through reckless actions, The White House has unified the Iranian public, alienated our partners in Iraq and Europe, undermined the fight against ISIS, and left the United States more isolated than before – all in just one week and without the consent of this Congress.

“This is a grave and serious moment in our country. Two days ago, our brave men and women in uniform came under fire from 22 Iranian missiles, in harm’s way because of their commander-in-chief.

“Every American owes a debt of gratitude to our military for its courage and sacrifice. For that reason, a decision that risks troops’ wellbeing must only be made thoughtfully and with the informed consent of the public and this Congress.

“As a member of Congress, my biggest priority is to protect the safety of the American people, at home and abroad. This can only be done by defending Congress’ constitutional authority over declaring war. And for that reason, I urge us to support this resolution."

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