Allred Votes to Reassert Congressional Authority on War Powers
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) today released the following statement after voting in favor of two bipartisan measures; one that would repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq, and one that would prohibit the use of federal funds for military action against Iran unless Congress has declared war.
“Our nation is exceptional and we can be a force for good because when we lead with our values, it makes America safer. Congress, on behalf of the American people, must reassert its constitutional authority over our foreign policy and the power to declare war.”
“Over the last several decades Congress abdicated its role to both Republican and Democratic presidents, ignoring our tried and tested system of checks and balances. Today, I voted to reassert that authority.”
“As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I am committed to working with my colleagues to put aside politics. We must work together to put the best interests of the American people first and for a foreign policy that reflects our values.”
Allred recently authored an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News citing the need for Congress to assert itself on foreign policy and war powers. He also voted for a measure on January 9 that would require congressional approval before any further military action in Iran.