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As Iran Tensions Mount, DeFazio Reintroduces War Powers Bill

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio wants Congress to check President Trump’s actions in regard to Iran. He reintroduced his War Powers bill which clarifies that under the constitution, Congress must authorize military force. 

DeFazio says his bill would give any member of Congress the right to sue the executive branch if it doesn’t comply with the bill. He says Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton has rationalized that Iran is increasing its nuclear capability. But that’s because the U.S. pulled out of its nuclear agreement with Iran.

“I mean Bolton is so determined to have a war that I fear that at some point he is going to find a rationale and get the president in a moment when the president is volatile and get his way." DeFazio says,  "It’s a huge worry.”

The administration was preparing to shoot missiles at Iran Thursday after a U.S. drone was shot down. At the last minute, the president decided to abort, he said, because of the risk of casualties. 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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