DeGette Statement on U.S. Airstrike in Iraq

Jan 3, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) on the Trump Administration’s airstrike that killed Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani:

“I’m deeply concerned by the escalation of violence with Iran that occurred overnight. Congress has the sole constitutional authority to declare war. And while Iran continues to pose a serious threat to our nation’s security, and our interests abroad, no one wants to see America drawn back into a decades-long war in the Middle East.

“Earlier this year, I voted to solidify Congress’ role in authorizing the use of military force. The type of reckless action that the Trump administration just carried out – without any input from the legislative branch – is exactly what we were trying to prevent.

“Congress must be briefed immediately on this situation. We need to know exactly why the administration authorized this attack, and how it plans to protect Americans at home and abroad from its aftermath.

“During these dangerous and uncertain times, I’m praying for the safety of our U.S. service members and diplomats around the world.”