[Last update: 5 September 2002]

Proposed House Democratic Resolution on Iraq

Whereas the authorization to use force passed by the House on September 14, 2001 only authorized the use of force against those determined to be responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Whereas no credible link has been established between the attacks of September 11, 2001 and Iraq.

Whereas it is not the policy of the United States to overthrow the governments of foreign nations short of a declaration of war.

Whereas under the Constitution. Article I, Section 8. Congress has sole authority to declare war and to authorize use of force.

Whereas Congress has neither been asked to pass nor has it passed a declaration of war against Iraq.

Therefore be it resolved that the House Democratic Caucus opposes a U.S. invasion of Iraq without new Congressional authorization and considers such an invasion to be an unlawful act.

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