80 Lawmakers Urge Obama to Seek Congressional Approval on Iraq

Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 06:28 PM

By Cathy Burke

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Wary House lawmakers are demanding that President Barack Obama ask for congressional approval before taking any military action in an increasingly unstable Iraq.

In a letter signed by 80 lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, which was posted by The Hill Thursday, House members insist "the use of military force is something the Congress should fully debate and authorize."

"Members of Congress must consider all the facts and alternatives before we can determine whether military action" would help stabilize the worsening security and political chaos inside Iraq, the letter contends.

The letter was posted the same day Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testified Iraqi government forces probably won't be able to retake land lost to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria forces, possibly paving the way for more U.S. involvement.
 
President Obama has already announced he's sending another 300 troops to Iraq. 

Approximately 750 U.S. soldiers are there already, The Hill reported. 

Obama has said he doesn't need approval from Congress to take action in the Iraq crisis, but the House lawmakers are concerned.

"There is a little thing called the Constitution," Massachusetts Democratic Rep. John Tierney told the Boston Globe. 

"I am not in favor of inching troops there more and more."

In their letter, House lawmakers praised Obama for his restraint so far, and noted they "do not believe intervention could either be quick or easy," warning any action could prove "counter-productive."

"Any solution to this complex crisis can only be achieved through political settlement, and only if the process and outcome is inclusive of all segments of the Iraqi population — anything short of that cannot successfully bring stability to Iraq or the region," the lawmakers wrote.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Immigration Official: Agency 'Going to Be Ready' for Obama Orders

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 23:37 PM

The Obama administration is readying executive orders that would benefit as many as 11 million illegal immigrants in the . . .

Report: Leon Panetta's Memoir May Have Violated Secrecy Pact

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 23:22 PM

Former CIA director Leon Panetta clashed with the agency over his hard-hitting memoir "Worthy Fights," and let the publi . . .

Report: Opium Trade Booming in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 23:07 PM

A new report claims Afghanistan's opium trade is booming despite more than $7 billion in American efforts to slow down t . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved