August 22, 2017
The Call: No stepped up military action without Congressional approval – #Afghanistan Most use of US military force since 9/11 has legally relied on a 2001 Congressional authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), which gave then President Bush the authority to strike the 9/11 perpetrators and those that harbored them. Congress has wrestled with the need to reassert its Constitutional authority to declare war and there is some bipartisan support for updating the 2001 AUMF. In Trump’s Monday night speech, which included few details, Trump outlined his plan for escalating the war in Afghanistan and sending an unspecified number of additional troops. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement expressing concern that Trump’s plan is open-ended, with no ceiling on troops and no timeline for withdrawal. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) put it stronger, saying it’s a blank check and he does not trust Trump. With an inexperienced and erratic President desperate for a diversion from the Russia investigation, it is imperative that Congress perform its Constitutional duty and reassert its obligation to approve or disapprove of military force. Your Action Call your three members of Congress and tell them Congress must reassert its Constitutional duty and require the President to obtain Congressional approval before escalating the war in Afghanistan. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
Trump’s plan for Afghanistan is a blank check with no ceiling on troops or timeline for withdrawal.
It is long past time to update the 2001 AUMF.
Congress must reassert its Congressional authority to authorize any escalation of the war in Afghanistan (or for that matter, any other military action) by the president.
Congress reasserting its war authority is especially urgent with an inexperienced and erratic president like Trump.