H-PAD Notes 2/13/20: Congressional update

Congressional Update
By Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg and Prasannan Parthasarathi, H-PAD Legislative Coordinators
Important Vote in Senate This Week
The US Senate will be voting, perhaps as early as today,  on Senate resolution S.J. 68, Tim Kaine's War Power Resolution, which directs the President to terminate the use of U.S. Armed Forces for hostilities against Iran unless explicitly authorized by a congressional declaration of war or a specific authorization for use of military forces against Iran. It will be helpful if you call your Senators today (Republicans especially) and ask them to vote in favor of this resolution 
Congressional Switchboard 1-202-224-3121 

Actions by the House of Representatives

  • Before the recess, the House of Representatives passed H.R, 2456, which was a bill to repeal the 2002 Authorization to Use Military Force, which has been used by administrations of both parties to to cover combat in Somalia, Yemen and Iran. Vote was: 228-175.
  • The House also also passed H.R, 5543, prohibiting U.S. military action against Iran without prior congressional approval, by a margin of 236-166.