Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) is speaking out against what he calls the unconstitutional use of military force in Syria without congressional authorization.
With letters to President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Jones joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in expressing that a decision to engage the United States military without the approval of Congress would violate the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
Jones and his colleagues requested a full hearing before Congress on the potential risks and cost of military action and made it clear that the legislature could reconvene to vote on the issue.
Jones says, “For too long, the legislature’s responsibility to authorize military force has been overlooked. It is time that we uphold the Constitution, which makes it clear in Article 1, Section 8 that Congress alone holds the power to declare war.”
In a separate letter, Congressman Jones implored President Obama to ensure that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was unquestionably responsible for the recent chemical attack that killed many Syrians before requesting that Congress approve the involvement of the United States military.
Congressman Jones went on to urge the president to heed the advice of President Ronald Reagan, whose Middle East policy changed to one of neutrality following the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.