Udall, Kaine Statement on Iran Vote Agreement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) released the following joint statement after Senate leaders announced that a Udall-Kaine sponsored measure to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran will receive a vote on the Senate floor:
“The Senate will be allowed to do its constitutional duty. We appreciate that Senate leaders have reached an agreement that will enable us to move forward with the defense authorization bill, while letting the Senate vote on one of the most urgent national defense issues we face – the prospect of an unauthorized war with Iran. Congress ducking this debate, and this vote, should never be an option – not when a war with Iran would fall on the shoulders of our men and women in uniform and their families. All members of Congress should be on the record about war. When we vote on this measure, we hope our colleagues will stand up to prevent an unnecessary, unauthorized war that the American people do not support.”
In addition to Udall and Kaine, the original co-sponsors of the measure are U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).