WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today released the following statement on S.J. Res. 68, the Iran War Powers Resolution:
“Qassem Soleimani was a perpetrator of death and responsible for thousands killed in the Middle East, including American soldiers. The Constitution, through Article II, grants the President of the United States the authority to protect Americans from harm, and President Trump was justified in his decision to remove Soleimani from the battlefield.
“The Constitution, in Article I, provides Congress the power to declare war – a responsibility I take seriously. The prospect of military action against Iran has consequences that ought to be considered by the full Congress on behalf of the people it represents. In supporting the War Powers Resolution, I respect the president’s obligation to defend against imminent threats while making sure any additional action is properly debated and approved by Congress as required by the Constitution.”
Items to Note:
- Last June, Sen. Moran voted in favor of Sen. Udall’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act which would have prohibited unauthorized military operation in or against Iran.
- In December 2018, Sen. Moran voted in favor of the Yemen War Powers Resolution, S.J. Res 54, which passed the Senate 56-41.
- In March 2019, Sen. Moran once again voted in favor of the same measure, then introduced as S.J. Res. 7.
- In 2011, Sen. Moran voted in favor of Sen. Paul’s amendment to S. 493, which opposed President Obama’s military action in Libya.