Rigell Urges President to Consult Congress Before Making a Move in Syria
Let's Not Repeat Libya: Rigell Urges President to Consult Congress Before Making a Move in Syria
Cites War Powers Resolution of 1973
Washington, D.C. – Citing America’s 2011 action in Libya as a violation of the Wars Powers Resolution, today Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-2) released a statement urging the President to consult Congress prior to any engagement of the U.S. military in Syria.
Rigell, a member of the House Armed Services Committee said: “As the President considers next steps in Syria, I call on him to consult Congress as prescribed by the War Powers Resolution. Congress is not a potted plant in this process, and President Obama should call us back into emergency session before authorizing the use of any military force. We stand ready to share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement.”
In 2011, Rigell called the President’s use of force in Libya ‘unconstitutional,’ stating that the military action violated the War Powers Resolution of 1973 since Congress was not consulted. Rigell simultaneously introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense FY'12 Appropriations bill to defund U.S. military operations in Libya, but the amendment failed in the House.