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Dem Congressman: Is Congress Abdicating Its Consitutional War Powers? ‘Absolutely’

Asked this morning by Fox News’s Chris Wallace whether Congress is forfeiting its responsibilities by recessing before voting on whether to authorize a new war in Iraq and Syria, one Democratic congressman was blunt: “Absolutely,” California congressman Adam Schiff said.

A member of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff argued that “the president has said this is a war, this is going to last years, this is quintessentially something that the Constitution empowered only Congress to declare.

“Congress should take up an authorization to use force,” Schiff said, nothing that he had introduced a war resolution with narrowly tailored authority. The White House has cited the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against al-Qaeda as authority for getting involved in Iraq again, which Schiff says clearly applies to another conflict and another enemy.

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