Sen. Gillibrand seeks amendment to War Powers Act


UTICA — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said she does not believe President Donald Trump should have launched the attack on a leading Iranian general without consent of Congress and endorsed a House concurrent resolution seeking to limit the president’s power to do so.

Gillibrand, in Utica to announce a bill related to family support for people with addiction disorder, addressed other topics in a brief press conference with local media and mentioned a measure she has introduced to amend the War Powers Act.

“Iran could have easily considered that to be a declaration of war from us, and it’s Congress’s job, not the president’s, to declare war,” Gillibrand said.

Republicans have backed the president and called the House measure symbolic and potentially tying the hands of the commander in chief to respond as needed militarily.

Gillibrand’s War Powers Reform Resolution would require the president to provide Congress with a clear objective for military action; evidence that the use of the United States’ armed forces is necessary, appropriate, and proportional to the mission; a finite list of adversaries; and the names of the countries where the U.S. military will deploy.

It would place a two-year limit on any future authorization, and deny appropriations for unauthorized wars and would repeal the 2001 and 2002 authorizations cited as basis for attacks against individuals and groups said to be engaged in or promoting terrorism.

“That would stop our forever wars and would stop the abuse of using the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs to attack enemies that didn’t even exist in 2002 and 2002.”


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