Only Congress can declare war

April 14, 2011

Why is the Baltimore Sun and all major newspapers and news networks ignoring the bipartisan bill H.R. 1212, the "Restoring Essential Constitutional Constraints for Libyan Action Involving the Military Act"?

Thirteen members of the House have already added their names as co-sponsors of H.R. 1212 in order to improve its chances of getting out of committee and being debated and voted upon in the full House of Representatives.

Is the White House pressuring media outlets to ignore this challenge to the president's war making freedom?

Article I, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution clearly and specifically authorizes the Congress, not the President, to declare and fund war.

Our Founding Fathers clearly did not want ONE PERSON to have the power to start a war.

If the Congress does not restore the constitutional constraints on an out-of-control executive, our country could soon find itself at war with Syria, Yemen, Algeria, Iran, Sudan or the Ivory Coast without the authorization of the Congress.

Patrick Wilson, Bel Air

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