Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on Senate Passage of Joint War Powers Resolution

February 13, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Senate passed a Joint War Powers Resolution under the leadership of Senator Tim Kaine to limit the President’s military action in Iran:

“Today, with this strong War Powers Resolution, the Senate is joining the House to honor the first responsibility we have as Members of Congress: to keep the American people safe.

“The President’s reckless decision to engage in hostilities against Iran without consulting Congress continues to endanger our servicemembers, diplomats and others.  Yet, for weeks now, the Administration has kept the Congress and American people in the dark about its actions and lack of strategy, including the resulting threats to our troops.  More than 100 servicemembers have now been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury from Iran’s retaliatory strike – yet the President dismisses their wounds of war as ‘headaches’ and as being ‘not very serious.’

“The House has maintained a drumbeat of action to limit the President’s dangerous military action and to save American lives by passing our War Powers Resolution under the leadership of Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.  We have also passed Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s legislation to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force and legislation under Congressman Ro Khanna to prohibit funding for military action against Iran not authorized by Congress.  Now, we will prepare to take up Senator Kaine’s Joint Resolution in the coming weeks.

“The President needs to listen to the will of Congress and the American people and work with Congress on a de-escalatory strategy that will protect American lives and interests.  America and the world cannot afford war.”