Rep. Miller Statement on Syria

Aug 28, 2013

Harrison Township, MI – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“It now appears that President Obama is rushing headlong toward an attack on Syria and involving American armed forces in the Syrian civil war.  It must be noted that he has yet to ask for a vigorous debate in Congress and a vote of authorization for such an attack, nor has he spoken directly with the American people about the need for the involvement of our armed forces in that conflict.

"This stands in stark contrast to the position then Senator Obama took in 2007 when in response to a question from the Boston Globe he said, 'The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.'

"And also in 2007 Vice President Biden said, 'the President has no constitutional authority...to take this nation to war against a county of 70 million people unless we're attacked or unless there is proof we are about to be attacked. And if he does, if he does, I would move to impeach him.'

"I would remind President Obama and Vice President Biden that the United States has not been attacked by Syria and there is absolutely no indication we are about to be attacked by Syria.  Regardless of the heinous acts of the Assad regime in the Syrian Civil War, President Obama has no Constitutional authority to involve our armed forces in that conflict without that authority being granted by Congress. 

"If President Obama believes this course of action is necessary he should call on Congress to return to Washington immediately and debate and vote on a resolution of authorization as both Britain and France have done.  I am prepared and ready to return to the Capitol today for such a debate and vote.  Unless and until President Obama makes a clear and compelling case to the American people as to why he believes involving U.S. armed forces in the Syrian Civil War is in our national interest I will continue to oppose any involvement.”

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