Congress needs to put the out-of-control Executive Branch on a Leash Now


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Dear Kevin,

Yesterday, President Trump launched a unilateral military strike against Syria in response to the recent gas attack.  Please read our statement below in response.

This decision to launch a military attack without the prior authorization of Congress ignores Congress’s constitutional obligation to advise and consent.

We call on Congress to come back from recess and immediately call an emergency session to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

In Solidarity,

Dr. Gabriela Lemus

President, Progressive Congress

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

 

Progressive Congress Questions President’s Unilateral Action on Syria, Urges Congress to End Its Recess and Address Humanitarian Crisis

 

Press Contact: Olivia Alperstein

olivia@progressivecongress.org

April 7, 2017

 

Washington, D.C.— On April 6, President Donald Trump launched a unilateral strike on Syria with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in response to the recent gas attack in Syria. In response to the President’s unilateral move, Progressive Congress, an organization that connects grassroots advocates with progressive Members of Congress, issued the following statement:

“The President of the United States should not have unilaterally launched a military strike on Syria without the prior consultation and authorization of Congress,” said Dr. Gabriela Lemus, President of Progressive Congress. “In complex situations like that in Syria, the President bears not only an undeniable constitutional obligation but a grave moral responsibility to abide by and respect Congress’s role to advise and consent.

As an organization, we strongly question this unilateral move. We believe the President can and must address the ongoing, complex humanitarian crisis in Syria under the Assad regime. However, he can and must do so by consulting Congress, as the United States Constitution demands.  The outdated Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 needs to be seriously reviewed. With millions of lives at stake in Syria, Congress should be called back from recess and immediately go into an emergency session. This necessary step has bipartisan support and will ensure that all due consideration and deliberation will inform our response as a nation.

As an organization, we do not claim to know what is best for the people of Syria; but what we do know is that the dozens of people affected by the horrific sarin attack are just some of millions of Syrians whose lives have been destroyed by war.  If President Trump truly wishes to respond adequately to the dire situation in Syria, he can lead by setting an example for other nations and admit Syrian refugees to this country in proportion to our capacity to welcome them.  Under these grave circumstances, a ban on incoming Syrian refugees makes no sense in view of our country’s response to this most recent attack.”

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Progressive Congress is a 501(c)3 organization that serves as the vital linkage between grassroots progressive activists and organizations and progressive champions in Congress. We help shape the progressive agenda by turning innovative, forward-thinking ideas into action and amplifying and strengthening progressive messages on the Hill and beyond. 

 

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I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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