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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Congressman Tom McClintock issued the following statement regarding the United States attack on Syria

April 7, 2017
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Congressman Tom McClintock issued the following statement regarding the United States attack on Syria:

The Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons is an atrocity and a war crime, but it is not “a national emergency created by an attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces” as provided in the War Powers Resolution.  No matter how strongly we may feel about the actions of the Syrian government, the President had no legal or constitutional authority to order this attack without the consent of Congress.  This action crosses a bright line that separates the fundamental powers of our government and risks a constitutional crisis if continued.