By Rose White, WZZM 13 News
As President Donald Trump continued to make threats against Iran, a Michigan congressman was beating a familiar drum: A declaration of war must go through Congress.
Sunday afternoon, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Grand Rapids) posted a 5-tweet thread in which he broke down the Constitutionally-mandated role Congress plays in declaring war.
“By giving Congress, not the president, the authority to declare war—to decide whether acts of war may be commenced against a foreign power—the Founders ensured that the American people would be involved in the debate,” he said.
Tensions with Iran have been running high since the Pentagon announced on Thursday the U.S. Military killed a powerful general, Qassem Soleimani, at the president’s direction. Following the airstrike, the Army deployed 3,000 more troops to the region.
While war has not been formally declared, Democrats criticized the president because he didn’t consult Congress. In his tweets, Amash’s point is straightforward: Congress represents the American people who deserve to have a voice regarding war.
“When a president engages in war without congressional authorization and Congress does nothing to stop him, the two branches cut the American people out of the process, in violation of our Constitution’s design,” Amash tweeted less than two hours before the president threatened Iran again.
This is a position Amash has emphasized repeatedly during his nine years in the House of Representatives. In 2013, during the Obama administration, he said the American people “must decide whether we go to war” through their representatives.
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