House GOP Leadership Responds On Syria

Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner’s Press Office released the following statement:

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today issued the following joint statement.

“Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress.  We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised.  In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th.  This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people.”1

END STATEMENT

I am glad to see that the house leadership, for the moment, is not ceding their constitutional authority to the Executive branch. It is an important point to make, which this journal has made before2, that under Article One of the U.S. Constitution the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress.
An equally important point to make on this matter is, should the issue arise, the U.S. Congress does not have the authority, nor should it have, to cede any of its duties to either of the other co-equal branches of government.
I would also remind members of Congress that the American people are not behind this proposed war. Beyond the obvious points made about death and destruction, the United States is in no immediate danger. The country does not benefit in any way from attacking Syria, whether it be with missiles, airstrikes, or “boots on the ground”. We have municipal bankruptcies34
crumbling infrastructure and millions of jobless.
Missiles cost millions of dollars and we have already met our debt ceiling. According to NBC news from $607,000 to $1.4 million or more, depending on how you account for research, development, testing and support — and inflation.5
Contact your Congressional representatives and tell them NO to war in Syria or involvement in the conflict.
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