Wed – 2/27: Congress – take your power back now!

Quote from this great essay by Captain John Byron, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Action: Block Trump’s Ability to Unilaterally Wage War in Venezuela, Iran and Yemen, and anywhere else…

In the nationwide daily Civics 101 class we now live in, it took the border wall debacle to remind Congress that they are in charge of the nation’s purse. It’s also time for them to take back their power of declaring war, both to halt our current 18-year run of continuous undeclared combat, and to stop Trump’s plans to distract us from Cohen and Mueller with new armed traumas against Venezuela, Iran and Yemen. Rep. Barbara Lee came so close in 2017 to stopping this runaway executive-branch war machine, only to have her legislation stripped from the Defense Department spending bill by now mercifully former-House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. Let’s help her out now.

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Wed. 6/13: Three fast actions for our own safety.

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#1 – Don’t let him run wild. Vote ‘YES’ on S.J. 61.

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was adopted 17 years ago after September 11th, giving the president the power to commit acts of war against any group that was deemed to have any connection, even if unproved, with the acts of September 11th. Two joint resolutions in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would repeal and replace the AUMF and the 2002 AUMF authorizing the Iraq War.

One, S.J. 59 – “Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2018”, is a blank check for a President to indiscriminately commit acts of war against other countries. And we now have the president who would do this.

S.J. 61– “Constitutional Consideration for Use of Force Resolution”, sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkeley, gives the President far limited powers to respond to emergencies but not to create a war which circumvents Congress. This choice should be a no-brainer.

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