Join Bernie, Mike, Chris, Rand, Tim, 88 Reps: Trump Has No Legal Authority to Hit Syria
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On March 20, 44 Senators took a stand against unconstitutional war when they voted in favor of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen.
Now, President Trump is threatening to attack the Syrian government without Congressional authorization, in flagrant violation of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Some of those 44 Senators who took a stand against unconstitutional war on March 20 have taken a stand now. 88 Democratic and Republican members of the House have also taken a stand.
Senator Sanders said: “President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility.” He also said: "If President Trump believes that expanding the war in Syria will bring stability to the region and protect American interests, he should come to Congress with his ideas."
Senator Lee said: “As news reports continue to indicate impending U.S. military action against the Assad regime in Syria, I again implore President Trump to consult with Congress before engaging our armed forces. The Russian government has stated that it will not only seek to strike down our missiles, but also fire upon the source that sends them. Using the 48-hour notification window in the War Powers Act is not enough when the U.S. or our service members are not in immediate danger of imminent attack.” He also said: “The use of chemical weapons absolutely requires a response from the United States. But if that response is going to include military force, the president of the United States should come to Congress and ask for authorization before military force is used."
Senator Murphy said: "We're a nation of laws, and we have a Constitution that says very clearly that it's Congress who gets to decide who the United States can fight wars against. The president can take military action without congressional permission if the U.S. is attacked or is at risk of imminent attack — but that's not what happened here. If the president thinks he found a loophole that lets him attack other countries without authorization, he needs to show that justification and make that case to the people."
Senator Paul said: “Promising war by tweet, insults not only the Constitution but every soldier who puts their life on the line.”
Senator Kaine said: "Without congressional authorization, any military action President Trump takes in Syria that isn't in self-defense is illegal." He also said: “He’s a president, not a king, and Congress needs to quit giving him a blank check to wage war against anyone, anywhere. If he strikes Syria without our approval, what will stop him from bombing North Korea or Iran?”
In the House, 88 Democrats and Republicans wrote to President Trump, pressing him to seek Congressional authorization before using military force, as required by the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution.
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