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Update: 88 Reps Tell Trump to Seek Authorization Before Further Escalation in Syria

88 representatives signed letter to President Trump urging him to seek authorization from Congress before further U.S. military escalation in Syria

By Kate Gould, April 13, 2018


UPDATE: Thanks for all who called your reps to sign on! Eighty-eight members of Congress signed the Lofgren-Amash-Lee-Massie letter to President Trump, urging him to seek authorization before further escalation in Syria.

4-13-18 UPDATE: Eighty-eight members of Congress signed the Lofgren-Amash-Lee-Massie letter to President Trump, urging him to seek authorization before further escalation in Syria.

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More Background:

In 2013, insistence from Congress and the American people pressed President Obama to seek congressional authorization before going to war against the Syrian government. President Trump’s threats of more unlawful attacks in Syria demand immediate action from Congress to take back its constitutional authority to determine if and when the United States goes to war.

Below is the full text of this new bipartisan letter, building on the success of similar letters on Syria in 2013 and in 2017.

Lofgren-Amash-Lee-Massie Letter to Trump: Seek Authorization from Congress Before Escalating in Syria

April 13, 2018

Dear Mr. President:

We write to you as a bipartisan group of colleagues with a shared concern, as we did with the prior administration in 2013, and again in a letter to you last May. We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering additional use of U.S. military force in Syria.

Your responsibility to do so is prescribed in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

While the Founders wisely gave the Office of the President the authority to act in emergencies, they foresaw the need to ensure public debate — and the active engagement of Congress — prior to committing U.S. military assets. Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.

We stand ready to consider the facts before us and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.

Sincerely,

Alabama

Rep. Mo Brooks

Alaska

Arizona

Rep. Andy Biggs

Rep. Paul Gosar

Rep. Raul Grijalva

Rep. David Schweikert

Arkansas

California

Rep. Nanette Barragan

Rep. Judy Chu

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

Rep. Anna Eshoo

Rep. John Garamendi

Rep. Jared Huffman

Rep. Ro Khanna

Rep. Barbara Lee

Rep. Ted Lieu

Rep. Zoe Lofgren

Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Rep. Tom McClintock

Rep. Grace Napolitano

Rep. Mark Takano

Rep. Juan Vargas

Colorado

Rep. Diana DeGette

Rep. Jared Polis

Connecticut

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Delaware

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester

District of Columbia

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Florida

Rep. Kathy Castor

Rep. Alcee Hastings

Rep. Ted Yoho

Georgia

Rep. Hank Johnson Jr.

Rep. John Lewis

Hawaii

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

Idaho

Rep. Raul Labrador

Illinois

Rep. Robin Kelly

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Indiana

Iowa

Rep. Rod Blum

Kansas

Kentucky

Rep. Thomas Massie

Rep. John Yarmuth

Louisiana

Rep. Cedric Richmond

Maine

Rep. Chellie Pingree

Maryland

Rep. Jamie Raskin

Massachusetts

Rep. Michael Capuano

Rep. Stephen Lynch

Rep. James McGovern

Michigan

Rep. Justin Amash

Rep. Brenda Lawrence

Minnesota

Rep. Jason Lewis

Rep. Betty McCollum

Rep. Richard Nolan

Mississippi

Rep. Bennie Thompson

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

Rep. Dina Titus

New Hampshire

New Jersey

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.

Rep. Donald Payne Jr.

Rep. Albio Sires

New Mexico

New York

Rep. Yvette Clarke

Rep. Adriano Espaillat

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Rep. Jose Serrano

Rep. Paul Tonko

Rep. Nydia Velazquez

North Carolina

Rep. Alma Adams

Rep. G.K. Butterfield

Rep. Walter Jones

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter

Rep. David Price

North Dakota

Ohio

Rep. Marcia Fudge

Oklahoma

Oregon

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

Rep. Peter DeFazio

Rep. Kurt Schrader

Pennsylvania

Rep. Dwight Evans

Rhode Island

Rep. David Cicilline

South Carolina

Rep. James Clyburn

Rep. Mark Sanford

South Dakota

Tennessee

Rep. Steve Cohen

Texas

Rep. Al Green

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Rep. Beto O'Rourke

Utah

Rep. Mia Love

Vermont

Rep. Peter Welch

Virginia

Rep. Donald Beyer

Rep. H. Morgan Griffith

Rep. Robert S. Scott

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Rep. Ron Kind

Rep. Mark Pocan

Wyoming

Kate Gould

  • Legislative Director, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould is FCNL's Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to advance human rights objectives and support diplomatic solutions to resolve disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.