House Resolution 7 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 7 BY SHIPLEY A Resolution urging Iowa’s congressional delegation to 1 prevent the military use of armed unmanned aerial 2 vehicles in any armed conflicts throughout the world 3 without a formal declaration of war by the United 4 States Congress. 5 WHEREAS, Article I, Section 8 of the United States 6 Constitution expressly grants the United States 7 Congress with the power to declare war; and 8 WHEREAS, armed unmanned aerial vehicles, also 9 referred to as military drones, are increasingly being 10 used as weapons of war in military actions throughout 11 the world; and 12 WHEREAS, United Nations human rights experts have 13 raised concern about the potential illegal use of armed 14 drones; and 15 WHEREAS, the United Nations special rapporteur on 16 counter-terrorism investigated the use of drones in 17 lethal extraterritorial counter-terrorism operations to 18 evaluate allegations that the increasing use of drones 19 has caused disproportionate civilian casualties; and 20 WHEREAS, the United Nations special rapporteur on 21 extrajudicial killings has stated that “If the right 22 to life is to be secured in the use of drones, it is 23 imperative that the limitations posed by international 24 law on the use of lethal force, as for any other lethal 25 weapon, are strictly adhered to and not weakened by 26 broad justifications of drone strikes”; and 27 WHEREAS, the use of military force, and specifically 28 -1- LSB 1434YH (6) 88 ec/rn 1/ 2
H.R. 7 the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, by the 1 United States should be done sparingly, and requiring 2 Congress to declare war as provided by the United 3 States Constitution helps ensure that the use of armed 4 unmanned aerial vehicles by the military is limited and 5 comports with international law; and 6 WHEREAS, the people of Iowa, striving to live up to 7 the commandments of Christ, recognize the importance of 8 doing unto others as they would have done onto them, 9 and understanding “As you sow so shall you reap”; NOW 10 THEREFORE, 11 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 12 That the Iowa House of Representatives urges Iowa’s 13 congressional delegation to prevent the military use of 14 armed unmanned aerial vehicles in any armed conflicts 15 throughout the world without a formal declaration of 16 war by the United States Congress. 17 -2- LSB 1434YH (6) 88 ec/rn 2/ 2