William Blum, a journalist and historian who documented covert actions, was an ally of our work. He recently passed away at the age of 85.
Moments ago the United States Senate voted to discharge the bipartisan Yemen War Powers Resolution. This mean the Senate will debate and vote on the ongoing illegal, unconstitutional military action in Yemen. The resolution brought by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is an important step for Congress to reclaim its constitutional war powers While today was only a procedural vote, it is historic in nature.
This US military assistance constitutes “hostilities” under the War Powers Act. It is entirely illegal for any president–be it Trump or Obama–to engage in hostilities without Congressional authorization. And isn’t just the War Powers Act, the Constitution also gives Congress the exclusive power to initiate military action.
The Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power to declare war. Yet, Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Bob Corker (R-TN) have proposed an AUMF that would turn this on its head. Take action now!
Do you remember three years ago, when after a rigorous and robust debate, the US Congress voted to authorize US military participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen? No? That’s because it never happened.
The Constitution gives Congress, not the President the power to declare war. The United States is currently engaged in escalating military operations in a number of countries, including Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Niger. None of these conflicts have been authorized by Congress. The executive branch has cited an anachronistic AUMF as a way to sidestep a congressional debate.