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No War with Iran without Congressional OK

Constituent letter June, 2019: "I cosponsored Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico's Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act. This bipartisan bill would prevent the President from using the military to strike Iran except with an express act of Congress authorizing such action or in response to an imminent threat to the United States from Iran. I will continue to be a strong advocate in Congress for seeking diplomatic solutions that reduce the risk of military conflict."
Source: MinnesotaPeaceProject.org on 2020 Minnesota Senate race , Jun 1, 2019

Voted to remove US armed forces from Yemen

Senator Smith voted for S.J.Res. 7 to remove US armed forces from hostilities in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. Passed Senate on March 13, vetoed by President. 03.13.2019.

Senator Smith voted "yea" on a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of proposed foreign military sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia certain defense articles and services. 06.20.2019

[Saudi Arabia led a bombing campaign in Yemen, using weapons supplied by the United States].

Source: MinnesotaPeaceProject.org on 2020 Minnesota Senate race , Mar 13, 2019

Keep the Iran Nuclear Agreement in place

Senator Tina Smith released the following statement after President Trump announced that the US will withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement:

"Iran must never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon. A withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, however, will do nothing to reduce that threat. The Iran deal was never perfect, but I am profoundly concerned that walking away from it with no legitimate basis for doing so is bad for our national security. It heightens the risk of Iran developing a nuclear weapon and heightens the ultimate risk of military conflict.

"This move also sends a message that the U.S. won't abide by our diplomatic agreements, and it risks serious backlash from the international community.

"President Trump says at the heart of the Iran deal was a fiction. That couldn't be further from the truth. There's always room to improve international relations and strengthen our current agreements--but not when we abandon the diplomatic structures we already have in place.

Source: 2017-8 Minnesota special election website smith.senate.gov , May 8, 2018

No military force against Iran without Congress approval.

Smith voted YEA the Iran War Powers Resolution

Axios.com summary: The House passed a symbolic war powers resolution directing President Trump to halt the use of military force against Iran unless he obtains approval from Congress.

The big picture: A classified briefing on the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani [by the US military] left Democrats and even some Republicans deeply skeptical, with many claiming that officials did not provide evidence that there was an "imminent" threat from Iran. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) said they will vote in favor of a similar resolution in the Senate [S J Res 68].

What opponents are saying: Former national security adviser and notorious Iran hawk John Bolton tweeted: "The 1973 War Powers Resolution is unconstitutional. It reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Constitution allocated foreign affairs authority between the President and Congress. The Resolution should be repealed." Pres. Trump quote tweeted Bolton and added: "Smart analysis, I fully agree!"

What supporters are saying: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was one of the few Republicans to vote in favor of the resolution, stating on the House floor: "Killing Soleimani was the right decision, but engaging in another forever war in the Middle East would be the wrong decision." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation that would block funding for offensive military force against Iran without congressional authorization. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is also seeking to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used repeatedly to justify war in the Middle East in the wake of 9/11. Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the AUMF in 2001, criticizing it as a "blank check."

Legislative outcome: H Con Res 83 Passed House 224-194-13 on 1/9/20; S J Res 68 passed Senate 55-45-0 on 2/13/20. Vetoed 5/6; Senate veto override failed 5/7/20.

Source: Congressional vote 20-SCR33 on Jan 9, 2020

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