Congresswoman Beatty Stands Up to Trump Administration’s Reckless Iran Strategy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), an outspoken critic of President Trump’s ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ military approach, will vote in favor of H.Con.Res. 83, a piece of legislation terminating the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran.
“I am proud to cosponsor and cast my vote for the War Powers Resolution because I do not support unchecked, blank check military missions,” Beatty said. “This measure prevents against that by severely limiting the Trump Administration’s ability from launching further military operations against Iran—much less any other country—without prior congressional approval, and at the same time ensures our Armed Forces can continue to respond to any potential future confrontation and keep Americans safe.”
As the Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District, Beatty is helping to lead the fight in the Halls of Congress against costly, indefinite, and unwarranted military entanglements. In the 116th Congress alone, Beatty cosponsored two pieces of legislation introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) that would repeal the nearly two-decades-old 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMFs) that the Trump Administration has relied on to justify its recent Iran actions. Lee is known for being the sole dissenting Democratic or Republican vote against the above mentioned AUMFs. Additionally, Beatty voted in support of a bipartisan amendment to the latest National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have eliminated funding for any military strikes or use of force against Iran not based on self-defense. She also voted for another NDAA amendment that would have repealed the 2002 AUMF. Both amendments were stripped out of the final bill by congressional negotiators.
“Central Ohioans are concerned about being dragged into another senseless war and just as worried about affordable housing, healthcare and nutrition programs, climate change, as well as comprehensive services for our veterans and seniors, and the need for good paying jobs.” Beatty continued, “I want my constituents to know that I am working hard for the people, which is why I voted for the appropriations packages that not only funded the Department of Defense but provided greater resources to a whole host of federal programs and initiatives important to Ohio’s Third Congressional District.”
Of note, the Fiscal Year 2020 omnibus package, passed by Congress in two separate bills (H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865), was signed into law on December 20, 2019, avoiding another costly government shutdown.
H.R. 1158 funding highlights include:
- Nearly a 50 percent increase in funding ($7.6 billion total) for the 2020 Census, critical to determining funding levels for many support and assistance services relied on by working families, seniors, veterans, students, and all Americans.
- $425 million for election security grants, a key priority not funded in Fiscal Year 2019.
- $185 million to fuel climate and weather research.
- $13.5 million for the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Program.
- Provides a 3.1 percent pay raise for members of the military and government civilian employees.
- Construction of border barriers capped at $1.37 billion, far below the Trump Administration’s proposed $5 billion.
In addition, H.R. 1865 provides much-needed funding for numerous federal programs and initiatives. Examples include:
- $550 million increase for Head Start, $550 million increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and a $25 million increase for Preschool Development Grants.
- $450 million increase for Title I Grants to local educational agencies, $400 million more for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Grants, $163 million increase for higher education programs, $42 million increase for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as $93 million more for minority-serving institutions, and a $150 increase to the Pell Grant max award (new maximum award is $6,345).
- $98 million for the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program ($3 million increase), $40 million for a new grant program for community colleges to train people for in-demand jobs, almost $30 million more for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act State Grants, a $25 million increase for Job Corps, and a $15 million increase for registered apprenticeships.
- Fully funds the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at $6 billion, increases funding for child nutrition programs by $474 million, and—for the first time ever—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reserve funds are available for three full years.