CASPER STAR TRIBUNE: Sopron: Congress should guide military force
I was very heartened to see Rep. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance, step out and challenge Rep. Liz Cheney about never-ending actions of war across the globe. In our recent Sheridan event, Making Democracy Work, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Advocacy Team shared our efforts to lobby the Wyoming Congressional Delegation to reclaim their oversight over war declaration. We would like Rep. Cheney, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, to support H.R. 1274, a bill to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). A similar effort in an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act is expected to be up for vote in the House during the month of June, so the momentum to repeal the AUMF is happening right now!
Since the passage of the AUMF in 2001, the US has engaged in military operations in 40 countries, according to the Congressional Research Service. Both Republican and Democratic presidents have used the AUMF to initiate acts of war without full Congressional approval, costing billions of dollars and countless lives. We understand the need to protect U.S. safety and interests, but not without the fiscal responsibility and collective wisdom of Congress, as had always been done prior to 2001. Like Rep. Lindholm, we encourage Rep. Cheney to take bold leadership to conserve our resources and minimize actions of war.