July 5, 2017 The Call: No military action without Congressional approval Many liberal and conservative observers have raised serious concern about Trump’s mental stability. Reports of an angry president obsessing over the Russia investigation raise serious concerns he may try to distract from the investigation with a major military action. Article I of the Constitution gives the power to authorize military action to Congress. However, in recent decades, Congress has often failed to fully assert its prerogative and has acquiesced to the executive taking various military actions with flimsy Congressional authority. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Congress authorized President Bush to take military action against any entity that aided the attacks, or harbored perpetrators, in order to prevent future attacks (the 2001 AUMF). The AUMF has been stretched far beyond its original intent and most use of US military force since then, including recent actions against Syrian government forces, have relied on the 2001 AUMF. In a surprise move, the House Appropriations Committee voted last week to bring to the full floor a proposal to sunset the 2001 AUMF, though it would not take effect for 8 months. The authorization issue is of increasing concern as military action in Syria has intensified in recent weeks with the US military shooting down a Syrian plane and Iranian drones. It would be an absurd stretch to claim that the United Nations resolutions authorizing US action in the Korean War (which controversially was never authorized by Congress), extend to future US unilateral action. However, Sean Spicer has stated that Trump does not believe he needs Congressional approval for military action against North Korea. Military action, potentially on a nuclear level, is possible in North Korea which has further escalated with the successful test this week of an ICBM which could reach as far as Alaska. Trump’s response has been cryptic State Department policy and weird tweets. With an unpredictable and ill-informed 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 before it occurs. 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 any further military action. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
Congress has the Constitutional duty to determine when the US uses its military. I don’t trust the president to decide military action.
Trump is carrying out military operations in Syria without any Congressional oversight or approval.
Congress must also authorize any military action in North Korea where war could be nuclear.