Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Bipartisan Coalition of Lawmakers Urge Trump to Seek Congressional Authorization Before Launching Military Attack in Syria

April 13, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and a bipartisan coalition of 88 Members of Congress sent a letter on April 13, 2018 urging President Trump to consult and receive authorization from Congress prior to ordering the use of U.S. military force against Syria.

Full text of the letter is available here and below:

“Dear Mr. President:

“We write to you as a bipartisan group of colleagues with a shared concern, as we did with the previous administration in 2013, and again in a letter to you last May. We strongly urge you to consult and receive administration from Congress before ordering additional use of U.S. military force in Syria. Your responsibility to do so is prescribed in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

“While the Founders wisely gave the Office of the President the authority to act in emergencies, they foresaw the need to ensure public debate — and the active engagement of Congress — prior to committing U.S. military assets.  Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.

“We stand ready to consider the facts before us and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.”


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