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30 August 2013

8 Georgia Congressmen Ask Obama to Seek Congressional Approval Before Attacking Syria

In two separate letters to the White House, eight Georgia Congressmen asked President Obama to seek congressional approval before attacking Syria.

The letters, penned by Rep, Scott Rigell (R - Virginia) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D - California), both state, "Congress has the constitutional obligation and power to approve military force."

"While the Founders wisely gave the Office of the President the authority to act in emergencies, they foresaw the need to ensure public debate – and the active engagement of Congress – prior to committing U.S. military assets. Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution," Congressman Rigell writes in his letter.

"While the ongoing human rights violations and continued loss of life are horrific, they should not draw us into an unwise war -- especially without adhering to our own constitutional requirements," Representative Lee's letter reads. "As elected officials, we have a duty to represent the will and priorities of our constituents, consistent with the Constitution we all swore to uphold and defend."

Georgia Congressmen Paul Broun, Doug Collins, Tom Graves, Phil Gingrey, John Lewis, Tom Price, Austin Scott, and Lynn Westmoreland joined more than 160 members of Congress requesting President Obama to get congressional approval before intervening in Syria's ongoing civil war.