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Rep. Chu Calls for Congressional Briefing Before Further Escalation With Iran

January 3, 2020
Press Release

This morning in Baghdad, the US conducted a missile strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Suleimani and others. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“This escalation in tension is deeply troubling. Since entering office and tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump has failed to articulate a strategy for Iran outside of fostering conflict. Even his maximum pressure campaign was designed to undo the gains made through diplomacy, and in response we have watched Iran resume their nuclear programs, attack US interests, and increase their influence across the Middle East. There is no denying that General Suleimani was an enemy of the US and of peace, with the blood of thousands on his hands. But it is not clear how his killing will change Iran’s behavior. Nor is it clear how the President plans to respond to a likely retaliation from Iran. Without sober leadership, we could be dragged into a war nobody wants. That is why the President must brief Congress on his Iran policy before taking any further actions. Further, Congress must reclaim our authority to declare war with legislation to prevent the President from starting a war with Iran without Congressional approval.”