Zoe Lofgren

From the office of:

Zoe Lofgren


Sending Office: Honorable Zoe Lofgren
Sent By:


Request for Signature(s)


Signers (65): Adams, Amash, Beyer, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Capuano, Carbajal, Castro, Chu, Cicilline,
Coffman, Cole, Conyers, DeFazio, DeSaulnier, Doggett, Eshoo, Espaillat, Evans, Garamendi, Grijalva, Hanabusa, Holmes Norton, Jayapal,
Jones, Kennedy, Khanna, Kildee, Kind, Lee, Lipinski, Lieu, Lofgren, Lynch, Hastings, Massie, Matsui, McCollum, McGovern, Nadler, Napolitano, Neal, Nolan, O’Rourke, Pallone, Peterson, Pingree, Pocan, Polis, Raskin, Rush, Schrader, B. Scott,
Serrano, Shea-Porter, Slaughter, Speier, Suozzi, Takano, M. Thompson, Titus, Tonko, Watson-Coleman, Welch, Yarmuth

Dear Colleague,

In August of 2013 140 Members signed a bipartisan letter urging President Obama to consult Congress and receive authorization, as required by the U.S. Constitution
and the War Powers Act of 1973, before using military force in Syria.

Please join us in sending a letter similar to the one from 2013 urging President Trump to seek prior congressional authorization before ordering the use of military force. The full text of the letter is included below.

To sign the letter please email by
COB Tuesday, May 2.


ZOE LOFGREN                   PETER WELCH                 MICHAEL E. CAPUANO            JUSTIN AMASH

Member of Congress           Member of Congress           Member of Congress                      Member of Congress


KURT SCHRADER                      BARBARA LEE                       BETO O’ROURKE

Member of Congress                     Member of Congress                 Member of Congress

Text of Letter:

Dear Mr. President,

We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization 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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