Sending Office: Honorable Barbara Lee
Sent By:
Emma.Mehrabi@mail.house.gov

CO-SIGN BIPARTISAN LETTER TO SPEAKER RYAN ON AUMF IN SYRIA

Current co-signers: (38): Barragan, Blumenauer, Cicilline, Cohen, Cole (R), DeLauro, DeFazio DeSauliner, Garamendi, Gosar (R), Grijalva, Hanabusa, Hastings, Holmes Norton, Jayapal, Jones (R), Khanna, Kildee, Lewis, Lofgren, Massie (R),
McCollum, McGovern, Nolan, Pingree, Pocan, Rush, Schakowsky, Serrano, Slaughter, Speier, Tonko, Visclosky, Waters, Watson Coleman, Welch and Yarmuth

Dear colleague:

We write to encourage you to sign our letter to Speaker Ryan urging him to immediately begin a serious debate and vote on the use of military force (AUMF) regarding the ongoing deployment of U.S. forces in Syria.

As you know, On January 17, 2018, Secretary Rex Tillerson voiced his intention to commit U.S. troops to an indefinite military presence in Syria, with the goals of defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda, expelling Iran from the
region, and coordinating a peace settlement that excludes President Bashar al-Assad. Furthermore, Secretary Tillerson’s policies may require an expansion of U.S. military in the region for an extended engagement in the Middle East.

We believe the President must present a strategy and seek the approval of Congress before any additional military action is taken against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria. For far too long, Congress has ignored these ongoing wars. We cannot continue to remain
silent and abdicate our responsibilities under the Constitution. We owe it to our brave service members and the American people to act.

Sincerely,

/s/
Barbara Lee

Member of Congress

 

/s/

Tom Cole

Member of Congress
 

 

/s/

James P. McGovern

Member of Congress

/s/

Walter B. Jones

Member of Congress

 

February XX, 2018

 

The Honorable Paul D. Ryan

Speaker of the House

H-232 U.S. Capitol Building

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Ryan:

We write to ask that the House of Representatives immediately begin a serious debate and vote on the use of military force (AUMF) regarding the ongoing deployment of U.S. forces in Syria and express that the President must seek approval from Congress before
taking any further military action in the region. We believe that Congress must live up to our Constitutional duty to debate and vote on our ongoing military operations without delay.

On January 17, 2018, Secretary Rex Tillerson voiced his intention to commit U.S. troops to an indefinite military presence in Syria, with the goals of defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda, expelling Iran from the region, and
coordinating a peace settlement that excludes President Bashar al-Assad. Furthermore, Secretary Tillerson’s policies may require an expansion of U.S. military in the region for an extended engagement in the Middle East

It is past time for the House to debate and vote on a new AUMF that defines the purpose, geography, combat and tactical scope, and the fight against ISIS in Syria and the surrounding region. The debate should also allow members the opportunity to debate
and vote on the long-term costs and consequences of and alternatives to military action. We believe the President must present a strategy and seek the approval of Congress before any additional military action is taken against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria. If
the President will not send an AUMF we ask that you bring forward an AUMF for consideration for a debate and vote.

For far too long, Congress has ignored these ongoing wars. We cannot continue to remain silent and abdicate our responsibilities under the Constitution. We owe it to our brave service members and the American people to act.

 

Sincerely,

 

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