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      Friday
      Jul112014

      McGovern Demands War Powers Vote in Two Weeks

      July 11 - Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) today introduced a measure requiring a House vote on Iraq under the War Powers Resolution, forcing the Republican leadership to take action within fifteen days or face an up-or-down vote, which might curb the administration's escalating military intervention in the civil war.  

      "We are trying to signal to the House leadership that we have a constitutional responsibility on questions of war and peace," McGovern said this morning. "It's all to easy to let things drift. When Congress goes on recess in August, there could be more American troops authorized, or a US bombing. John Boehner doesn't want a debate on Iraq. He's rather sit back. There's a fear that a majority will say they don't want a war."

      McGovern's measure is co-authored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC). Lee has been circulating a House letter calling for application of the War Powers Resolution. The new measure contains a trigger that is hard to avoid. McGovern is seeking co-authors on his proposal while the clock is running. Lee, along with Republican Rep. Scott Rigell, has gathered nearly one hundred signers on a House letter urging compliance with the War Powers Resolution

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      McGovern's House Floor Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3VZGjxD7SE&feature=youtu.be

      The Resolution: http://mcgovern.house.gov/sites/mcgovern.house.gov/files/McGovern%20HCON%20RES%20105.pdf

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      Reader Comments (2)

      Dear Tom,

      I'm glad you are keeping up your work for peace. As a historian I have taught war and peace courses from 1961 to 2001. I have one published book on the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. A 2d E-BOOK exists on the "American Intervention in the Yugoslavian Civil War 1991-2000 was also "published."

      The campaign for peace shall never end.

      July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Whealey

      War powers vote is a good thing, even tho Obama has resisted sending US trips to a NEW war (he did continue Afghanistan). The next president may not be as cautious as Obama, may need Congressional oversight. But on the other hand, what if the Congress votes to authorize war?

      July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterD. Bartholomew
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