Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said Monday that it was “irresponsible and immoral” for Congress to recess instead of debating on war revisions.
After the U.S. began its bombing campaign in Syria, many, like Amash, wanted to vote again on an authorization.
From Roll Call:
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted Monday night it was “irresponsible and immoral” that congressional leaders had chosen to recess for nearly two months instead of debating and voting on war. And the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, released a statement saying it’s “time for Congress to step up and revise the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force in a way that supports the targeted actions underway, but also prevents the deployment of American ground forces that would drag us into another Iraq War.”
Speaking at the Liberty Political Action Conference last Thursday, Amash called for a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military force (AUMF).
“If we need another Authorization for Use of Military Force or declaration of war it should have an expiration date. Not because we want to tell our enemy when we’re leaving, but because Congress needs to maintain control of the situation [rather than the president],” he said.
His more recent comments echo those of his Liberty Caucus colleague Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) who said that it was “immoral to attach war to a spending bill.”