Today, November 14, the U.S. House will consider H.Res. 1142, the “rule” bill allowing for debate on HR 6784, which removes the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act.
The House Rules Committee inserted a provision declaring that “the War Powers Act does not apply to H.Con.Res. 138,” which directs the president to cease all hostile actions in Yemen. This provision removes the resolution’s “privileged” status, so if the rule passes, House leadership will be able to delay a vote indefinitely.
The Rules Committee is called the “Speaker’s Committee,” so Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions would not slip this provision in without the support of House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Campaign for Liberty members should call their Representatives immediately and tell them to vote no on H.R. 1142.
You can do so by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121, or find the phone number for their specific representative here.
Here is the text of a “Dear Colleague” letter sent to every member of Congress by Representatives Thomas Massie and Walter Jones:
We write to urge you to support a full debate and a vote on U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen. Congress has never authorized the U.S. military’s participation in this Saudi-led war, which began under President Obama in 2015 and includes targeting assistance and fueling for airstrikes.
In order to demand a vote on this war, we have introduced the bipartisan H. Con. Res. 138, a privileged resolution introduced pursuant to the War Powers Resolution of 1973. H. Con. Res. 138 would end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led conflict within 30 days unless this military involvement is approved by Congress. Despite our efforts, the Rules committee has inserted language into HR 1142 that would “de-privilege” our resolution and deny us a vote.
In the wake of the killing of Saudi dissident and American permanent legal resident Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump argued on October 23rd that “there has to be some kind of retribution,” and that “I’m going to leave it very much, in conjunction with me, up to Congress.” Mr. Khashoggi was a prominent critic of the Saudi-led war in Yemen and had called for its end.
Pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress alone has the authority to determine whether the United States shall use offensive military force. As James Madison wrote, “In no part of the Constitution is more wisdom to be found than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace to the legislature, and not to the executive department.”
We therefore urge you to oppose this rule, which serves only to obstruct our constitutional right to decide questions regarding the use of military force, and tampers with the expedited consideration and privileged status of H. Con. Res. 138. Vote “no” on HR 1142.
Here is Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul on the U.S. involvement in…