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    Sanders, Khanna introduce legislation to block funding for a war with Iran

    January 03, 2020 - 08:01 PM EST

    Sanders, Khanna introduce legislation to block funding for a war with Iran

    BY TAL AXELROD

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro Khanna(D-Calif.) on Friday introduced legislation that would block funding for any offensive military force in or against Iran without prior congressional authorization.

    The legislation from the lawmakers, two of the most progressive members of their respective chambers, came after the U.S. launched an airstrike in Baghdad that killed Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top general. The attack, and Tehran’s vows of retaliation, sparked fears that the already combustible situation in the Middle East could lead to a war between the U.S. and Iran.

    “Today, we are seeing a dangerous escalation that brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East," the lawmakers said in a statement. "A war with Iran could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars and lead to even more deaths, more conflict, more displacement in that already highly volatile region of the world.

    “At a time when we face the urgent need to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, to build the housing we desperately need, and to address the existential crisis of climate change, we as a nation must get our priorities right,” they added. “We must invest in the needs of the American people, not spend trillions more on endless wars.”

    The legislation to restrict funds for military action against Iran was passed last year in the House but was later stripped from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) adopted by Congress last month.

    Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) also introduced a privileged resolution Friday that would require any hostilities with Iran to be explicitly authorized by a congressional declaration of war or a specific authorization for the use of military force.

    The airstrike killing Soleimani has sharply divided Congress, with Republican allies of the president lauding the attack and Democrats saying the White House would need congressional authorization for any broader military action against Iran.

    “The president does not have the authority for a war with Iran,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor Friday. “If he plans a large increase in troops and potential hostility over a longer time, the administration will require congressional approval and the approval of the American people.”

    Trump defended the strike against Soleimani on Friday, saying the Iranian general was responsible for the killing or wounding of “thousands” of Americans and was “plotting to kill many more.”

    The Iranian general, a long-feared adversary, was in charge of directing Iranian proxies across the Middle East, including several Shiite militias in Iraq.

    https://thehill.com/policy/defense/4...-war-with-iran

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    Perfectly reasonable move by the Dems.

    The American people have been lied to again and again by warmongers from the Pentagon Papers to WMD. Let Trump make his case to Congress with transparent facts and information and let Congress vote on the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oagre View Post
    Perfectly reasonable move by the Dems.

    The American people have been lied to again and again by warmongers from the Pentagon Papers to WMD. Let Trump make his case to Congress with transparent facts and information and let Congress vote on the issue.
    Trump will ignore congress.
    Again.

    Even after he's impeached.
    Donít be a tough guy. Donít be a fool! I will call you later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfooter View Post
    Trump will ignore congress.
    Again.

    Even after he's impeached.
    He's already been impeached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gooseifur View Post
    He's already been impeached.
    Exactly, the desperate moves by an impeached president to wag the dog and try to stay in power.
    People will die because Trump wants power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfooter View Post
    Trump will ignore congress.
    Again.

    Even after he's impeached.
    Just like Obama did with Libya.


    At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy, is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper - no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of the point.

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    Sanders and Khanna are anti American douches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onthebottom View Post
    Just like Obama did with Libya.
    So you're happy that he can start a war 'cuz his popularity is suffering since being impeached?
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    Quote Originally Posted by K Douglas View Post
    Sanders and Khanna are anti American douches.
    How many murikan lives will your ape in chief's actions cost?
    Is that pro-murikan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Douglas View Post
    Sanders and Khanna are anti American douches.
    Why, because they don't want to see any more service people killed for false reasons?

    Since when is being anti Foreign War Un American?

    When Reagan left Beirut was he Anti American? Nixon in Vietnam,?
    I endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President in 2020.

    It is my hope Tulsi Gabbard becomes his running mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butler1000 View Post
    Why, because they don't want to see any more service people killed for false reasons?

    Since when is being anti Foreign War Un American?

    When Reagan left Beirut was he Anti American? Nixon in Vietnam,?
    When do you admit you've been backing the biggest warmonger in the US since Bush?
    Donít be a tough guy. Donít be a fool! I will call you later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfooter View Post
    When do you admit you've been backing the biggest warmonger in the US since Bush?
    When do you realize your ad hominin attacks are just plain stupid.
    I endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President in 2020.

    It is my hope Tulsi Gabbard becomes his running mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfooter View Post
    So you're happy that he can start a war 'cuz his popularity is suffering since being impeached?
    His popularity was actually up, and was at a 3 yr peak yesterday. I think Bubba was the last wag the dog POTUS


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    Quote Originally Posted by onthebottom View Post
    His popularity was actually up, and was at a 3 yr peak yesterday. I think Bubba was the last wag the dog POTUS
    You really do live in an alternate reality.
    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com...ex_cid=rrpromo
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