Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on Recent Airstrikes along Iraq-Syria Border

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Co-Chair of the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus, released the following statement on the recent airstrikes carried out by the Biden administration along the Iraq-Syria border:

“Our top priority will always be to protect American troops.  The best path to achieve that is to pursue de-escalation of the current situation.  

“Moreover, the increased regulatory of the strikes are of concern as Congress has the authority to declare war, not the President.  We have seen Congress begin to reassert its authority in matters of war and peace most recently in passing my legislation to repeal the outdated and unnecessary 2002 Iraq AUMF.  

“Now is the time to build on that effort and to put an end to the legislative framework and mindset of endless war and for Congress to fully reclaim and exercise our constitutional responsibility to authorize the use of force.”