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WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of H.J.Res 37, a war powers resolution on United States involvement in Yemen, which passed the House:

 

“For years, under Administrations of both parties, the Congress has handed away our authority—and abrogated our responsibility—when it comes to foreign policy, particularly the questions of how and where our military is engaged around the world.

“Article I of the Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to declare war. Yet we’ve given Presidents of both parties a virtual blank check to send our brave servicemembers into harm’s way while we’ve stood on the sidelines.

“With the measure we’re considering today, we take some of that power back. And we do so to restore a sense of American values and American leadership to the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world.  Read More

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