[pjw] INFO: Democrat and Republican sponsor resolution on War Powers (Antiwar 7/18)
Peace and Justice Works
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Sat Jul 21 15:47:15 EDT 2018
Hello PJW supporters
Below is what appears to be a news release from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard,
Democrat of Hawaii, announcing her work with Walter Jones, Republican of
North Carolina, to introduce a resolution stating that Presidents entering
into wars without Congressional authorization can be impeached.
I'm not sure if Rep. Gabbard realizes this means Obama could have been
impeached for the war on Libya, but from an institutional and
nonpartisan standpoint that should not matter.
The article quotes two groups supporting the resolution, Veterans for
Peace and Peace Action, and Bruce Fein, a Reagan era Justice Department
official quoted in this article about the war on Yemen:
The online version of Gabbard's release also includes video of the
Right now the bill has no cosponsors except Gabbard and Jones.
It's not 100% clear whether this will go anywhere OR accomplish what we
want (there are always legal complexities
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Powers_Resolution ), but it's worth
Thanks to Dawn for the heads up on this!
peace and justice works
Reps. Gabbard and Jones Lead Bipartisan Resolution To End Presidential Wars
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Posted on July 18, 2018
Washington, DC ? Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Walter Jones (NC-03)
hosted a press conference today to introduce a bipartisan resolution
reclaiming Congress?s constitutional right to declare war. H.Res.
922 would define presidential wars not declared by Congress as
impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors."
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said: "For decades, Congress has ceded its
Constitutional responsibility of deciding whether or not to declare
war, to the President. As a result, we have found ourselves in a state
of perpetual war, without a declaration of war by Congress and without
input from the American people. Since 9/11 alone, our country has spent
trillions of dollars on interventionist regime change wars, costing the
lives of many Americans, taking a toll on our veterans, and causing
people in our communities to struggle and suffer due to a lack of
resources. Our bipartisan resolution aims to end presidential wars, and
hold Congress accountable so it does its job in making the serious and
costly decision about whether or not to send our nation?s sons and
daughters to war."
"We are here today because Congress is not meeting its constitutional
responsibility," said Congressman Jones. "If Congress does not debate
sending your son or daughter to fight for this country, then we don?t
need a Congress anyway. Nothing is more sacred or important than
sending a man or woman to die for this country."
Bruce Fein, constitutional lawyer, said: "No war is worth fighting if
the President is unable to convince a majority of House and Senate
members to vote for a congressional declaration of war as required by
Article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution that Members of
Congress are obligated, by oath or affirmation, to defend."
Michael Marceau, Veterans For Peace, President, DC Area Chapter, said:
"Under the U.S. Constitution, it has been the duty of Congress to
declare war if they deemed it necessary to do so. For more than half a
century, our representatives have relinquished this very important job.
This has resulted in many unnecessary military interventions all around
the globe, causing untold millions of deaths and injuries, tens of
millions of refugees, and destruction and environmental contamination
of dozens of countries. It is time to reverse this course of action by
having our members of Congress do the jobs they were elected to do.
Veterans For Peace supports H.Res. 922 and urges Congress to take back
its assigned responsibilities under the Constitution. We appreciate the
efforts of Rep. Jones and Rep. Gabbard to introduce H.Res. 922 and urge
all our members to contact their representatives to demand that they
Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, Senior Director, Policy and Political
Affairs, said: "It?s long past time to stop permanent presidential wars
and for the Executive Branch to ask for congressional authorization and
for Congress to vote on war as the constitution dictates. That?s why
Peace Action supports House Resolution 922, introduced by
Representatives Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), that
warns Presidents that circumventing the constitution and failing to get
congressional approval for wars will be considered an impeachable
On the House floor, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said:
"Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the exclusive
authority to declare war. But the last time Congress officially
declared war was December 8th, 1941 ? the day the US entered World War
II. Ever since, Congress has failed to uphold their constitutional
responsibility and have instead ceded power to the President. So, we
remain in a state of perpetual war, led by presidents in both parties
at great cost to the American people with no declaration of war by
Congress and no input from the American people.
"The direct and indirect costs of these presidential wars are
astounding. They take a toll on our troops, our veterans, and on the
American people. Since 9/11 alone, we?ve spent trillions of dollars on
regime-change wars and nation-building while people in our communities
suffer and struggle because of a lack of resources here at home, what
to mention the costs borne by our troops, those who pay the ultimate
price, as well as those who come home with wounds that are visible and
invisible. The American people deserve accountability. Mr. Walter Jones
and I have introduced a bipartisan resolution 922 to make sure that
Congress fulfills its constitutional role, ends presidential wars, and
has robust debate before making the decision to send our troops into
Background:H.Res 922 would reclaim Congress?s constitutional right
to declare war by:
* Defining presidential wars not declared by Congress under Article
I, section 8, clause 11 (Declare War Clause) as impeachable "high
crimes and misdemeanors"
* Prohibiting the President from perpetuating ongoing wars or
supplying war materials, military troops, trainers, or advisers,
military intelligence, financial support or their equivalent in
association, cooperation, assistance, or common cause without first
receiving congressional authorization
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a leading voice for peace in Congress,
advocating against counterproductive, regime-change wars. Most
recently, she joined a bipartisan coalition of 88 Members of
Congress urging President Trump to consult and receive
authorization from Congress prior to ordering the use of US military
force against Syria. She has also advocated for ending the regime
change war in Syria and condemned US support of Saudi Arabia in the
Yemen civil war.
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