Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rep. Rush Signs Onto Bill to Repeal President's Broad Authority to Take Military Actions Against Iraq

Feb 6, 2003
Press Release

Washington, D.C. ---- U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) joined several Members of Congress as they introduced legislation to repeal the Iraq Use of Force Resolution signed into law by the President last fall. Under the Iraq resolution, the President has broad authority to speedily use the U.S. Armed Forces to defend U.S. national security against the continuing threat posed by Iraq and other terrorist organizations without approval from Congress.

Rep. Rush voted against this bill when it came before the House of Representatives for a vote in October 2002. His position then remains the same today. "The Iraq Use of Force Resolution essentially strips the American citizenry of their power to declare war because their Congressional Representatives lose their ability to approve or disapprove of the President's direction. Congressional approval is especially critical when dealing with the possibility of war under the warmongering Bush administration," said Rep. Rush.

The legislation Rep. Rush signed onto, (H.J. Res. 20), would repeal the broad delegation of authority Congress gave to the President in October, to launch military action against Iraq. "Under this new resolution, the President would have to return to Congress to seek authority to launch a preventive attack on Iraq. This bill turns the power to declare war back to the people," said Rep.Rush. Reps. Peter DeFazio (D Ore.) and Ron Paul (R TX) are the bill's sponsors. Presently, there are 29 co-sponsors of the bill in addition to Rep. Rush.