FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 17, 2015
Washington, DC- The Win Without War coalition released the following statement by Advocacy Director, Stephen Miles, in response to the House voting to reject (139-288-1) H.Con.Res. 55, a resolution brought under the War Powers Resolution by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) regarding Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. If adopted, the resolution would have instructed the President to withdraw all military personnel (except diplomatic security) from Iraq by December 31, 2015. Congress would have had the six months between now and December to debate and decide whether to endorse or reject the war in Iraq and Syria.
“Today the cowardly Congress once again failed in its most basic constitutional duty to declare war. For nearly a year, our brave men and women in uniform have done their duty, while Congress steadfastly refused to do its.
“We are grateful to Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) who brought this important legislation to the floor and to the 139 Members who supported it. It is long past time for Congress to do its job when it comes to war, and if it won’t, then our troops should be withdrawn and come home. As Rep. McGovern stated, ‘If the cowardly Congress can go home each night to their families and loved ones, then our brave troops should receive that same privilege.'”