O'Halleran Statement on War Powers Resolution Vote

January 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, following the House vote on H.Con.Res.83, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:

“The resolution passed in the House today reiterates that only Congress has the power to declare war, as laid out in Article I of the Constitution. It prevents the executive branch from acting unilaterally in response to the developing situation with Iran, while preserving the president’s power to act in self-defense of the nation if a future attack against US forces were to occur.

“Today, I am also calling on Congress to revise the authorizations for use of military force (AUMF), that were enacted in 2001 and 2002. Eighteen years have passed since this resolution was agreed upon in Congress; new developments demand that the AUMF is carefully reevaluated and adapted to reflect current geopolitical circumstances so that we may continue to develop a forward-looking strategy for the US-Iran relationship.

“American servicemen and women and their families have endured a tense week in the wake of developing actions between the US and Iran. When I cast my vote in support of this resolution today, I took into careful consideration their worries and uncertainties, and my constitutional obligation to perform a check on the executive branch.

“I look forward to continued de-escalation and future diplomatic initiatives that will lead to a peaceful, non-nuclear Iran.”