When I sent emails to representatives in my former district in Califonia to oppose Trump's warmongering, I got the following replies: 

Dear Mr. Javid:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about potential hostilities with Iran.  I appreciate the time you took to write, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

Since taking office, President Trump has adopted highly confrontational policies toward Iran.  To my strong disappointment, on May 8, 2018, the President announced that he will withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement by re-imposing sanctions previously lifted by the agreement, even though the U.S. Intelligence Community believes that Iran has complied with its treaty obligations.  On April 8, 2019, President Trump also designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—an arm of the Iranian government—as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).  This marks the first time a government entity has been designated as an FTO, and has the potential to significantly increase tensions with Iran.

While I firmly believe that Iran’s government should be held accountable for its sponsorship of terror, regional aggression, illegal detention of dual U.S.-Iranian nationals, and repression of its own citizens, the Trump administration’s go-it-alone policy toward Iran has alienated us from our key allies and raised the possibility of sparking another conflict in the Middle East.  In fact, on May 8, 2019, Iranian President Rouhani announced that Iran would begin to halt its compliance with portions of the nuclear agreement.

I share your concerns about the Trump administration’s actions and policies toward Iran, which is why I am an original cosponsor of the “Prevention of the Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019” (S. 1039) introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) on April 4, 2019.  This bill would prevent the President from using force against Iran without explicit congressional authorization to do so.  S. 1039 currently awaits consideration by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, of which I am not a member.

I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind as I continue to monitor the Trump administration’s increasingly hostile actions toward Iran.

Once again, thank you for writing.  Should you have any other questions or comments, please call my Washington, D.C., office at (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at feinstein.senate.gov.  You can also follow me online at YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and you can sign up for my email newsletter at feinstein.senate.gov/newsletter.

Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

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Dear Mr. Javid:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act (H.R. 2354). I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me on this important matter.

I share your concerns and I am a proud sponsor of H.R. 2354. This Administration and those in the past have unceremoniously stripped Congress of its powers to authorize war. I have in the past and do continue to call on the Administration to follow the Constitution and seek an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) from Congress before taking any military actions. I will continue to do so with Syria, Iran, and other places around the world. In that vein, as we continue to consider these issues, I will keep our shared views in mind.

Again, thank you for contacting me. If I may be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress