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Tell Congress: Debate and Vote on War

Posted by Admin On June - 17 - 2015
Letters to Editors
From: Council for a Livable World

Later this week, Congress has the opportunity to take action it has conspicuously avoided: debate and vote on the war in Iraq and Syria.
While America has dropped thousands of bombs, deployed 3,500 troops—with plans to send at least 450 more—and spent billions of dollars in our latest war, Congress has failed to perform its most basic constitutional responsibility: To debate and vote on the war.

But this week, Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), are demanding that Congress do its job.  McGovern
They have introduced a bipartisan resolution, H.Con.Res.55, which could force the House of Representatives to debate and vote on the war. Help us work toward getting this resolution passed by e-mailing your Representative today.
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If adopted, the legislation would direct the President to withdraw all American military personnel from Iraq by December 31, 2015 unless Congress votes to authorize that use of force.
This piece of legislation could bring our troops home. Take action now!

The right of Congress to declare war is fundamental to our Constitution, yet Congress has avoided taking a stand on our latest war in the Middle East. In addition, Congress holds the power of the purse, and yet the war is costing at least $9 million per day without congressional approval. Congress owes it to the thousands of Americans we have put into harm’s way to ensure it is for the right reasons.


The President should not be permitted to wage war without congressional approval; he should not be able to claim outdated authorizations for the use of military force dating to 2001 and 2002 as his cover for war.
Thank you for taking action!
Sincerely,
Angela John Signature
Angela Canterbury and John Isaacs
Council for a Livable World
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