Call of the Day: Demand Congressional Approval for Military Action

Over several weeks, the current administration’s foreign policy has taken an increasingly dangerous turn, as a deference to military power and the use of force seems to be taking hold. Whether it is the dropping of our most powerful non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan; commando raids and airstrikes that leave civilians, allies, and Americans dead; or orders to send warships toward North Korea, it is clear this administration’s foreign policy is as reckless as the rest of its decision-making.

As part of this belligerent approach, the administration’s missile strike on a Syrian airbase stands out as particularly problematic. Regardless of the justification, the action in Syria was an act of war. The administration had no Congressional authorization, provided no explanation of its legal justification prior to the attack, and has detailed no strategy for what happens next.

It is the constitutional duty of Congress to authorize military action and the responsibility of the executive branch to seek such approval before launching an attack. We need Congress to exercise oversight and act as a check against this administration’s many escalations, which could lead us to war. Further, if the administration wants to use a humanitarian cause to justify its actions, it must demonstrate true commitment by reversing its anti-refugee policies.

Make 3 Calls:

Sen. Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130

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Sen. John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623

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Rep. Steve Scalise - DC OFFICE: (202) 225-3015 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 837-1259

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Rep. Cedric Richmond - DC OFFICE: (202) 225-6636 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE: (504) 288-3777

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] from zip code [YOUR ZIP]. I’m calling to urge Senator/Representative [NAME] to demand that this administration make no further escalation of military action in Syria – or anywhere else – without presenting a plan and asking for approval from Congress. This is one of the most important checks on executive power required by the Constitution and must be respected. Further, if the administration insists on using humanitarian justifications for military interventions, it should follow through by reversing its anti-refugee policies. Thank you.”

 

This Call of the Day comes from the Indivisible NOLA #foreignrelationscommittee.