Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Wants Congress to Approve Any Action in Syria
Congressmen seek to ensure President Trump get approval for all actions in Syria.
In this Congress, or this political climate in general, its rare to see lawmakers from opposing parties agree on anything. That is, until now.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) are apparently circulating a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for the House to debate a war authorization when Congress returns from its two-week recess later this month. The contents of the letter have not yet been released publicly.
This is in addition to rumored actions by House Democrats in the coming weeks. According to a report by CNN, House Democrats held a conference call earlier this week to discuss strategy on a war authorization. The hope is that Congress would vote to give Trump the authority to conduct military action but potentially limit the steps he could take. They also plan to press Trump to explain whether he is planning conduct future attacks against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. This is also an effort for Congress to reassert its constitutional authority to declare war.
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Last week, a letter from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for Congress to return from recess to debate Trump’s military action in Syria. The strike, which did little to impair the Assad regime, has become another point of contention.
There is also little chance Congress will look any more favorably on Trump’s efforts than they did Obama’s. Politicians are weary of any military action. Especially those that have the possibility of going badly or becoming unpopular. This concern has heightened since the War in Iraq.
While some debate the Syrian question, others insist our focus should be ISIS and question why a war resolution has not been presented to Congress. However, that has the same hurdles as any action in Syria. ISIS has proven to be a formidable enemy despite the gains made against them.
With that, it is not hard to see why the Trump administration acted on its own. The question now is, will they again?