Sending Office: Honorable Ken Buck
I write to urge you to support my amendment to H.J. Res. 37 when it comes to the House floor this afternoon.
Our founding fathers had the foresight to separate the power to declare war from the Executive, instead placing this solemn duty in Congress’ hands. James Madison stated it best, “the power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war,
is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.”
My simple amendment maintains the intent of the legislation, to give Congress the ability to reassert its Article I authority to declare war, while addressing potential unintended consequences of cutting off our intelligence sharing agreements and capabilities
around the globe.
The Buck amendment creates a new rule of construction that guarantees that nothing in this resolution will inadvertently cut off our intelligence collection, analysis, or sharing capabilities. We must ensure our country does not face another terrorist attack
or be caught flat-footed in battle because the necessary intelligence information did not reach the right destination.
I urge you to support my commonsense amendment to H.J. Res. 37. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
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