Sen. Duckworth, Durbin raise concerns over potential deployment of troops to Middle East

Sen. Duckworth, Durbin raise concerns over potential deployment of troops to Middle East
The Senator cautioned the Acting Secretary against moving forward with the proposal reportedly proposed to White House officials. (Source: Sen. Duckworth's Office)

WASHINGTON (KFVS) - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) questioned Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday, May 14 regarding a potential deployment of 120,000 troops to counter Iran in the Middle East.

The Senator cautioned the Acting Secretary against moving forward with the proposal reportedly proposed to White House officials.

“I expressed my concerns to Acting Secretary Shanahan today about the Trump Administration’s increasingly reckless approach to Iran—and highlighted how sending tens of thousands of American forces into the region could put our national security at even greater risk,” said Duckworth. “The drums of war appear to be growing louder at the White House, so I also made sure to make one thing clear: the President does not have the legal or constitutional authority to declare war, Congress does. Before the Trump Administration makes a decision that could lead our military into intentional or accidental armed conflict, the President must get Congressional approval—and he must level with the American people about what the true costs of that conflict would be, in both dollars and cents and human lives.”
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)

Duckworth is a member of the Armed Services Committee.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also stated that the U.S. Constitution is clear in that Congress has the ultimate say in matters of war.

“Let me be clear on something I’ve said regardless of who is in the White House, a Republican or Democratic president: Article 1 Section 8 of our Constitution is clear, that Congress has the authority – the only authority – to declare war. This President, any president, must first have the approval of the people’s representatives in Congress before asking our sons and daughters to enter into battle,” Durbin said. “It’s not too late for an off-ramp. This Administration should return to the only reasonable, smart, and effective option on the table for countering Iran – rejoin the nuclear agreement immediately; repair our strained relationship with our own allies; and use that unity to push back on Iran’s destabilizing actions across the region, which exists outside the nuclear realm. Anything else is reckless.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

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