Friday, August 30, 2013

CONSTITUTIONAL LINE HOW MANY TIMES WILL HE CROSS IT?



Dem. Congressman: 'Constitution Requires Congressional Authorization on Use of Force Against Syria'

Democratic congressman Jerrold Nadler appears to be warning President Obama in a statement released today on striking Syria. "Constitution Requires Congressional Authorization on Use of Force Against Syria," reads the title of Nadler's statement.
OBAMA GESTURES CONGRESS WHAT HE'S THINKING

The text of the statement reads:

The Constitution requires that, barring an attack on the United States or an imminent threat to the U.S., any decision to use military force can only be made by Congress -- not by the President. The decision to go to war -- and we should be clear, launching a military strike on another country, justified or not, is an act of war -- is reserved by the Constitution to the American people acting through their elected representatives in Congress.

Since there is no imminent threat to the United States, there is no legal justification for bypassing the Constitutionally-required Congressional authorization. “Consultation” with Congress is not sufficient. The Constitution requires Congressional authorization.

The American people deserve to have this decision debated and made in the open, with all the facts and arguments laid out for public review and debate, followed by a Congressional vote. If the President believes that military action against Syria is necessary, he should immediately call Congress back into session and seek the Constitutionally-required authorization.


Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Nadler is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice and the U.S. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district

The district from 2002-2013 included the west side of Manhattan from the Upper West Side down to Battery Park, including the site where the World Trade Center stood. It also included the Manhattan neighborhoods of ChelseaHell's Kitchen, and Greenwich Village, as well as parts of Brooklyn such as Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Borough Park, and Bay Ridge. It included many of New York City's most popular tourist attractions, including the Empire State Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and New York Stock Exchange.[1][2]