The following was sent to every member of the Senate earlier today.
Defending Rights & Dissent has deep concerns about the draft Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF) introduced on April 16. The Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power to declare war. Yet, the proposed AUMF would turn this on its head. It would allow the president to initiate new military actions against new enemies in new locations and relegate Congress to the role of merely rejecting them. As the President could veto any rejection of their military actions, this would essentially mean a veto proof majority would be required to stop a new use of force.
We also don’t believe this AUMF has been subject to proper scrutiny. Congress has held no hearings on it. While we believe this AUMF is unacceptable, no AUMF should be voted on absent public hearings in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and robust debate on the Senate floor.