Tulsi Gabbard Wants Congressional Approval Before Trump Takes U.S. to War
In response to the Trump administration’s recent foreboding of a military attack against Syria, Iran, and Russia, membersTulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced a bipartisan resolution to reclaim Congress’ war power authorities. The No More Presidential Wars Resolution would require the president to comply with the Constitution and obtain congressional authorization prior to the use of U.S. military force. If passed, the bill would specifically define presidential wars not declared by Congress as impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and ban the president from perpetuating ongoing wars or supplying war materials, military troops, trainers, advisers, military intelligence, financial support, or their equivalent in association, cooperation, assistance, or common cause without first receiving congressional authorization. “Two days ago, President Trump and Vice President Pence delivered solemn speeches about the attacks on 9/11, talking about how much they care about the victims of al-Qaeda’s attack on our country. But, they are now standing up to protect the 20,000 to 40,000 al-Qaeda and other jihadist forces in Syria, and threatening Russia, Syria, and Iran, with military force if they dare attack these terrorists,” Gabbard said. “This is a complete betrayal of those killed on 9/11, first responders, our troops who were killed or injured in the fight against terrorism, and their families. It is a blatant violation of the Constitution, the War Powers Resolution, and U.S. law. Congress must re-assert its authority and take immediate action to prevent yet another illegal, costly, counterproductive Presidential war.” More here.