@SpeakerPelosi: Commit to a clean floor vote on the Syria War Powers Resolution

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President Trump said on October 27 that he is leaving U.S. soldiers in Syria “to secure the oil.” He added, “Now, we may have to fight for the oil. That’s OK. Maybe somebody else wants the oil, in which case they have a hell of a fight.” And that “it can help us, because we should be able to take some also. And what I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly. Right now it’s not big. It’s big oil underground but it’s not big oil up top.”

This mission for U.S. troops is unconstitutional, because Congress never authorized it. Under Article I of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the President uses military force in another country only after Congress specifically authorizes it.
 
The War Powers Resolution of 1973 has a mechanism to allow any Member of Congress to force a floor vote on ending an unauthorized war. Use of this mechanism is how we forced Congress to vote on ending unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen.
 
On October 31, Representative Tulsi Gabbard introduced a bill invoking this mechanism to force a floor vote. If the War Powers Resolution now works as Congress in 1973 intended it to work, the House must now vote on whether to end the unconstitutional deployment of U.S. troops in Syria.
 
Unfortunately, in the last Congress, former House Speaker Paul Ryan set a terrible precedent when he used parliamentary tricks to block the implementation of this constitutionally vital law, preventing the Yemen War Powers Resolution from coming to a floor vote. Speaker Pelosi may now face pressure from special interests in Washington who support endless war to use similar tricks to prevent the Syria War Powers Resolution from coming to a clean vote on the floor.
 
Speaker Pelosi can pre-empt any such pressure by stating publicly now that the Syria War Powers Resolution will receive a clean vote on the House floor.
 
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