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house Bill H.R. 1004

Should the Trump Administration Be Prohibited From Taking Military Action in Venezuela Without Consulting Congress?

Argument in favor

While the Maduro regime continues to abuse the Venezuelan people through corruption and persecution, Congress should do whatever it can to prevent the Trump administration from potentially committing the U.S. military to a costly and ill-considered intervention in Venezuela that’d only make the situation worse.

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04/06/2019
Congress should be the only ones allowed to approve deployment of American forces.
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Bernie's Opinion
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04/06/2019
Trump should be restricted as much as possible on anything involving conflicts with foreign countries. He has demonstrated incompetence in foreign policy continuously for the past 2 years in my opinion and we need checks and balances on executive power to kick in
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04/06/2019
I definitely think it’s time we curb the excessive use of military action by the executive branch. The whole loophole of “not officially declaring war” has gone on long enough.
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Argument opposed

The president has the power under the War Powers Resolution to commit the U.S. military to combat for a limited period of time before getting congressional approval. Military intervention in Venezuela should remain an option in case the situation worsens and it becomes necessary to stabilize the region.

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04/06/2019
President can deploy the military anywhere he wants for 90 days. Read the Constitution.
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Sandra's Opinion
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04/06/2019
Whatever the rules are for all former Presidents should prevail. Just because you all suffer from TDS doesn’t mean you can change all the rules.
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Read the constitution it's in black and white he can as other presidents have done.
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  • The senate has not voted
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      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 6th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1004?

This bill — the Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act — would prohibit the president from using funds to take any military action related to Venezuela without the approval of Congress. 

Impact

Military; Venezuela; Congress; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1004

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced this bill to prohibit the use of funds for military action in Venezuela without Congressional authorization:

“The Maduro regime’s corruption and negligence has devastated Venezuela’s economy, starved its people, and brought the nation to the brink of collapse. While we all want a brighter future for the Venezuelan people, the Trump administration does not have authorization from Congress to use military force in Venezuela. It would be a betrayal of the American people, who do not want another military intervention overseas, to risk the lives of our servicemembers.”

In a letter to his Congressional colleagues seeking cosponsors for this bill, Rep. Cicilline wrote:

“We have all watched in horror as the Maduro regime has destroyed Venezuela’s economy, starved its people, and engaged in widespread corruption and repression. We all want a better future for the people of Venezuela. However, like many of you, I am concerned by reports that the Trump Administration is considering a military option in Venezuela. The Administration does not have authorization to use military force in Venezuela and it would be illegal under U.S. law, inappropriate, and foolhardy to attempt a military intervention to resolve the crisis there. The American people do not want another U.S. military intervention overseas.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) has ruled out U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. In his opening statement at a hearing on the political situation in Venezuela in mid-February 2019, he said:

“I do worry about the president’s saber rattling, his hints that U.S. military intervention remains an option. I want to make clear to our witnesses and to anyone else watching: U.S. military intervention is not an option.”

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has said that the military might have to intervene in Venezuela if Russia places weapons there. He also suggested that Congress should be, but doesn’t have to be, consulted:

“I would say consult [Congress], but I don’t think it’s necessary. If there is a threat that reaches the threshold of the president having the ability, the constitutional ability of deploying troops, then that’s an unknown. We don’t know right now.”

Retired Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, who was the Pentagon’s former top official in charge of South American operations, says there’s no “good reason” for the U.S. military to intervene in Venezuela right now. He says, “I don’t see a good reason for the military to be employed in this situation.”

This bill has 38 cosponsors, including 37 Democrats and one Republican. It also has the support of Win Without War and CREDO Action.


Of NoteSpeculation over possible military involvement in Venezuela was raised in January, after National Security Advisor John Bolton was photographed at a White House press briefing holding a yellow notepad with “5,000 troops to Colombia” written on it. Bolton didn’t comment on the note, but has said military intervention in Venezuela isn’t imminent, although “all options are on the table.”

The War Powers Resolution allows the president to commit the U.S. military to combat for up to 60 days followed by a 30 day withdrawal period unless Congress passes an authorization for use of military force (AUMF) or formally declaring war. The president is required to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing troops, and if Congress authorizes military action beyond the scope of the War Powers Resolution then the president is required to update Congress at least once every six months about the status, scope, and duration of the conflict.


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AKA

Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act

Official Title

To prohibit the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities with respect to Venezuela, and for other purposes.

    Congress should be the only ones allowed to approve deployment of American forces.
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    President can deploy the military anywhere he wants for 90 days. Read the Constitution.
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    Trump should be restricted as much as possible on anything involving conflicts with foreign countries. He has demonstrated incompetence in foreign policy continuously for the past 2 years in my opinion and we need checks and balances on executive power to kick in
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    I definitely think it’s time we curb the excessive use of military action by the executive branch. The whole loophole of “not officially declaring war” has gone on long enough.
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    Drumph shouldn’t be allowed out of his room without congressional approval and adult supervision.
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    He should NEVER be able without congress unless it’s a war situation, and that goes for any pres...
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    Absolutely, no military action without the full support of Congress, no 50% crap full standard voting!
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    Venezuela is such a potential bomb to go off we better be damn careful. Vlad Putin is already involved with Maduro and regardless how we might feel about their partnership we need to respect it or you may find US soldiers in direct conflict with the Russians. We should be patient and let time take care of this issue. It will, be patient. Once someone looses the backing of their people then the regime will change. Ask the Chinese.
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    This president ignores the experts and appears ignorant of international affairs. Our military deserves a review by Congress, before intervention, particularly given the Russian presence in Venezuela.
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    We citizens should have the opportunity to decide if our children go to war
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    Every Administration should be prohibited from engaging in, or inciting warfare with another nation without authorization from Congress. It shouldn’t just be limited to “Declarations of War.”
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    Trump is historically IGNORANT & NOT TRUSTWORTHY to handle foreign matters, especially WAR.
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    Whatever the rules are for all former Presidents should prevail. Just because you all suffer from TDS doesn’t mean you can change all the rules.
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    Read the constitution it's in black and white he can as other presidents have done.
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    This administration should be banned from doing anything without approval of the senate # showyourtaxes
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    Yes! Per the Constitution.
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    I thought Trump didn’t want us to be involved in actions in other countries? Oh wait Venezuela has lots if oil so I guess that’s ok ..NOT!
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    Public and private statements by President Trump and National Security adviser John Bolton that they want regime change in Venezuela in order to facilitated better profits for U.S. oil companies is enough reason to limit their ability to invade that country with U.S. or proxy troops (Contras.) In addition any military actions will make the humanitarian situation worse for the people of Venezuela. Aid should only be channeled through international organizations like the Red Cross or the U.N. instead of politically motivated aid like we have seen from the U.S. and their allies.
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    The President has that power for 180 day without congressional approval. On the 181st day is when congress gets to close the checkbook and tell the President to pack it in. This is fall in line with declaring a national emergency, the president has that right.
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    Our chief moron is not capable of doing anything right here at home or anywhere around the world. He will kiss any dictator’s behind while pushing our allies and other democracies away from USA. So why would we want to trust his judgement or morality here or anywhere else. And he is not authorized to use our military power against anything unless he has an approval from congress. And this time around the congress is not just a rubber stamp.
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