Rep. Jones Reintroduces
House Concurrent Resolution
To Stop Unconstitutional Wars
Jan. 4, 2013 (EIRNS)In the opening hours of the 113th Congress, Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) took immediate action to try to block any action by the Executive branch to go to war, without prior consultation with Congress. Rep. Jones introduced House Concurrent Resolution 3, with the identical language to his H.C.R. 107, which expired with the 112th congress with 12 cosponsors.
H.C.R. 3 expresses
"the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution."
It has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Jones's sense of urgency on this matter was also reflected in an open letter he issued to President Obama on December 18, and announced in a Dec. 19 press conference, in which he and six other Congressmen strongly urged the President "not to once again lead our nation into war without authorization from Congress."
Furthermore, the letter said,
"Your recent threat of 'consequences' should Syria use chemical weapons is eerily reminiscent of the calls for war with Iraq to deal with their 'Weapons of Mass Destruction.'
We would like to remind you that the power to declare war remains vested in the Congress. No resolution from the United Nations or NATO can supersede the power carefully entrusted with the representatives of the American people.
Signing onto that letter with Rep. Jones were
- Ron Paul (R-Tex.);
- Mo Brooks (R-Ala.);
- Michael H. Michaud (D-Me.);
- Justin Amash (R-Mich.); and
- Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).