Stop Endless Wars: Demand a Better War Authorization

Petition:

We, the undersigned, call on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Vote No on the Corker-Kaine blank check authorization for use of military force (AUMF). Any authorization must include real checks and restore Congress’s constitutional responsibility to authorize war.

Hi friend,


We are deeply concerned about the Corker-Kaine war authorization for use of military force (AUMF), which the Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to debate and may vote out of committee to the full Senate.


The Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the authority to declare war.


For the past 17 years, the executive branch has stretched existing congressional war authorizations to justify wars against new enemies in over a dozen countries, far beyond the places and groups Congress envisioned. Congress must take back its responsibility to authorize the use of military force to ensure that any new war has the support of the American people and has clear objectives.


Any new authorization must require regular and detailed reporting to Congress and the public, and must include a sunset requiring lawmakers to vote again each Congress rather signing a blank check for more endless war.


Unfortunately, the Corker-Kaine force authorization proposal would make current problems worse.

Without significant changes, the proposal would cede substantial Congressional war-making authority to the President, giving him new and expansive powers that he does not have under the Constitution, without adding any meaningful constraints.


Click the button below to sign this petition to tell your Senators to vote NO on the Corker-Kaine AUMF, S.J. Resolution 59.  


The Corker-Kaine war authorization proposal cedes far too much power to the executive branch. It’s time for Congress to stop signing away its war powers.


Click the button below to sign this petition with POGO now urging your Senators to vote No on the Corker-Kaine AUMF, S.J. Resolution 59, so that improvements can be made to this proposal and Congress can restore its constitutional responsibility to authorize military force.

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