Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) released the following statement on the House of Representatives passing a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military action regarding Iran: This according to a press release from the office of Debbie Dingell.
“I continue to be concerned about an escalation of military involvement in the Middle East and the potential for war. Such action puts US service-men and -women and their families, diplomats, and Americans overseas in significant danger, as well as contributes to instability in the Mideast and the world.
“Those serving in the military are all our sons and daughters. We have to do everything we can to prevent war. Former Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg observed in 1948 that ‘politics stops at the waters edge.’ We must be diligent and united in working towards the goal of preventing war. Escalating tension in the Mideast makes America less safe.
“The 1973 War Powers Act – which was passed in the wake of the Vietnam War to prevent another drawn-out, undeclared war – makes clear that only Congress can declare war or sustained military conflict. The President must work with Congress.
“We are Americans who must all work together to put forward a coherent, robust strategy to de-escalate tensions with Iran. Diplomacy, not military action, must come first. I will do everything possible working with my colleagues to accomplish this, to prevent war and protect our national security.”