Congressman Earl Blumenauer Statement on U.S. Drone Strike in Iraq

January 3, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Earl Blumenauer, a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, today issued a statement condemning the drone strike ordered by the Trump administration that killed Iranian military figure Qasem Soleimani.

“Starting by withdrawing from a treaty that Iran had honored, Trump has continued on a reckless path escalating conflict with Iran. This is one of the reasons I opposed the latest defense legislation. After strong bipartisan votes in the House, our amendment that prevented the use of military force against Iran without Congressional approval was stripped out at the insistance of the administration and Senate Republicans, as was the provision revoking the 'authorization of military force.' In the interest of national security, Congress needs to reassert its constitutional responsibility before any further escalation. We cannot trust this administration to act responsibly on its own and it is past time to stop the endless wars.”