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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley: Congress Has a Constitutional Responsibility to Vote on AUMF

Apr 10, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement reiterating his calls for Congress to hold a vote on the authorization of the use of military force (AUMF):

“The brutal Syrian civil war, which has resulted in unspeakable human rights atrocities, will not be solved by one-off missile strikes or the deployment of ground troops. Instead, it will require a political solution with an emphasis on both diplomacy and humanitarian assistance. Should the Trump Administration determine that further military involvement is necessary, then we as Members of Congress must fulfill our constitutional responsibility to deliberate and negotiate an AUMF resolution before committing any of our service members to yet another overseas conflict. For too long, Congress has abdicated this fundamental duty. However, we cannot continue to criticize the Administration’s strategy in Syria, or lack thereof, if we are not willing to debate and vote on one ourselves.”

Rep. Quigley spoke about the issue this morning on CNN’s “New Day.” Watch the interview here or see excerpts below.

Poppy Harlow: “Congressman, quickly before I let you go, I just want your take in the wake of the airstrikes in Syria by the Trump Administration, you were one of the few voices in 2013 after the chemical weapons attack to call on your fellow Members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, to take a vote for the authorization of the use of military force. A number of people looking back on that would say that the Congress shirked its responsibility to put their name on this, to be willing to go that far. What are your thoughts now? I would assume you want to see Congress take a vote on that.”

Rep. Quigley: “Yeah, I think Congress should put its votes where its mouth is. I see a lot of people who play both ends. They bluster and talk about strong responses and then they see the polls that most Americans don't want any American troops there, and they say, well, we won't have to take a vote. Constitutionally, it's our responsibility. Whatever it is we decide to do, it should be a public debate and a vote, so the voters know exactly where you stand on this issue.”