Bill Watch! HR 2507: Blocking “Presidential” Military Aid to Syrian RebelsSubmitted by McWilly on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 15:22
This Wednesday’s “Bill Watch!” focuses on the efforts of (R-Ky) Massie to pass a bill prohibiting the sale of U.S. arms to Syrian rebels (aka al Queda), in addition to attacking the President’s lackadaisical interpretation of the Constitution where it involves declarations of war and providing military support without Congressional approval. Massie provided comments to support his bill, titled H.R. 2507, the War Powers Protection Act of 2013:
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress — not the President — the power to declare war. But the President recently announced his intention to send arms to the rebels in Syria fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. H.R. 2507, the War Powers Protection Act of 2013, prohibits any military assistance to Syrian opposition forces unless Congress issues a formal declaration of war pursuant to Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.
Since our national security interests in Syria are unclear, we risk giving money and military assistance to our enemies. Additionally, all military action must be authorized by Congress. The American people deserve open debate by their elected officials.