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

CO-SIGN BIPARTISAN LETTER URGING PRESIDENT TO SEEK AUTHORIZATION FROM CONGRESS BEFORE USE OF MILITARY FORCE

CLICK HERE TO SIGN

DEADLINE: Friday, September 14 by 10:00 am

Endorsing organizations: Win Without War, Peace Action,
Project on Government Oversight (POGO). Just Foreign Policy, FCNL

Current co-signers: Amash, Jones, Lee, McGovern,
Massie, Pallone, DeFazio, Schakowsky, Welch, Evans, Cicilline, Payne, Holmes Norton, Rush, Lowenthal, Hanabusa, Blumenauer, Grijalva, Huffman, Raskin, Gabbard

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join our bipartisan letter to President Trump urging him to consult with and obtain authorization from Congress before ordering any additional U.S. military action in Syria. The President must come to Congress first, as outlined clearly
in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.  

Given recent developments and statements made by the administration that indicate they will unconstitutionally strike Syria again in the event of another chemical weapons attack, this letter is critically important. We hope that you will join us in this
important bipartisan effort and reiterate to the President that he must come to Congress first before taking any further military action.

To sign, please click on this Google form
HERE
by Friday, September 14. For any questions, please email Emma Mehrabi (Lee) at
Emma.Mehrabi@mail.house.gov or Ray Celeste (Jones) at
Raymond.Celeste@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

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Barbara Lee

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Walter B. Jones

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James P. McGovern

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

 

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Justin Amash

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Zoe Lofgren

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Thomas Massie

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

 

September XX 2018

Donald Trump

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write to strongly urge you to consult with and obtain authorization from Congress before ordering any additional U.S. military action in Syria. We are deeply concerned by recent reports indicating that your administration is preparing to again strike
Syria in the event of another chemical weapons attack. The Constitution gives the power to declare war to the U.S. Congress and only permits the President to act in self-defense, not simply to further perceived U.S. interests. The War Powers Resolution of
1973 also requires the president to consult with and obtain authorization from Congress prior to the use of offensive military force.

We understand that Syria is on the brink of another violent escalation that will exacerbate the ongoing humanitarian disaster and loss of innocent lives. In addition to lacking authorization, previous U.S. military action in response to the April 2017 and
2018 chemical weapons attacks has not contributed to ending the bloodshed in Syria. Only a political and diplomatic solution can end the war and potentially avoid additional massive casualties.

Accordingly, we urge you to act on your September 4 statement that commits “to find a lasting diplomatic solution to resolve the hostilities in Syria,” and we again urge you to act in accordance with the Constitution and obtain authorization from Congress
before taking any further military action.

Sincerely,

Members of Congress

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