Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Votes to Limit Military Action Against Iran

Jan 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in support of H. Con. Res. 83, which directs the President of the United States, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to terminate any engagement of United States Armed Forces in hostilities against Iran.  The measure passed the house 224–194.

“My vote on behalf of the citizens of the 1st Congressional District of Illinois was cast with serious reflection, intense purpose, and the utmost clarity.

“Today, this House of Representatives reaffirms its constitutional authority to demand that the President, now and forever, will bring matters of warfare to be discussed in these exalted chambers.

“My constituents demand no more or no less,” said Rep. Rush.

The resolution further clarifies that it does nothing to prevent the President from coming to Congress for authorization if Iran attacks our allies or partners, consistent with the War Powers Resolution.  It also clarifies that it does nothing to prevent the President from using force against al Qaeda or its associated forces.