Rep. Crow Co-leads Bipartisan Amendment to Prohibit the Use of Military Force Against Iran Without Congressional Approval

June 25, 2019
Press Release

The amendment, introduced by Reps. Khanna and Gaetz and co-led by Crow, states that Congress has not authorized use of force against Iran

Over the last two decades, the 2001 AUMF has been used 37 times to justify military operations

Today, Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06) helped introduce an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) stating that Congress has not authorized the use of force against Iran and prohibiting federal funds from being used for any military force against Iran without congressional authorization. This amendment clarifies that neither the 2001 nor 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) authorizes military force against Iran. This amendment will be considered by the Rules Committee and then it will be considered on the floor during the NDAA debate in July. 

Read the full amendment online here.

"The most solemn responsibility of Congress is the decision to send our men and women into harm's way,” said Rep. Crow. “As both a member of Congress and combat veteran, I refuse to abdicate that role to John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. We need to pull the emergency brake on the President's runaway train and develop a cohesive, clear strategy for dealing with Iran. I was proud to serve in Afghanistan, but I will not allow the next generation to be pulled into another endless war. This amendment is an important first step for Congress to reassert its role in matters of war and diplomacy.”

A former Army Ranger who served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Crow is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Crow has repeatedly called for establishing a military-to-military hotline with Iran to avoid any misunderstanding during the rising tensions. He also joined over 100 House members in a letter to the President stating that Congress has not authorized the use of force against Iran and cautioned against calls for direct military action from his advisors.