Veterans group commends courageous leadership of those who put duty over partisanship
ARLINGTON, Va.—Concerned veterans for America (CVA) Executive Director Nate Anderson issued the following statement following the Senate passage of a joint resolution, S.J. Res. 68, offered by Sen. Kaine which would prohibit war with Iran without congressional authorization:
“Before sending brave American men and women to war, it is Congress’ responsibility to authorize military action. We commend the Senate for taking this step, and we applaud the courageous leadership of those lawmakers who put their constitutional duty ahead of partisanship to advance this measure. This vote is a positive step toward pursuing a smarter foreign policy that first focuses on keeping America safe, and better positions the United States to engage productively with the world.”
In particular, CVA commended Sens. Alexander, Cassidy, Collins, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, and Young for their principled stand on this critical issue and their vote in support of this important bill and encouraged them to continue to exert Congress’s constitutional authority.
BACKGROUND & SUPPLEMENTAL INFO
CVA sent a letter of support for this measure earlier this month. You can read the letter here.
CVA/VoteVets polling shows solid majorities of voters in battleground states oppose the U.S. conducting an attack on Iran.
Further CVA polling has shown that veterans and military families in particular are largely opposed to more military engagement around the world, and a plurality think the US should be less engaged.
In July 2019, CVA launched a digital ad campaign thanking lawmakers for standing against endless war, praising lawmakers for voting to ensure proper Congressional input before any offensive military force against Iran.
Additionally, CVA has called for the repeal of the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, measures it says would be “a critical step toward ensuring that Congress reasserts itself in shaping American foreign policy.”