WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday issued the following statement after U.S. forces carried out an air strike on a site in Syria:
“I am very concerned that last night’s strike by U.S. forces in Syria puts our country on the path of continuing the Forever War instead of ending it. This is the same path we’ve been on for almost two decades. For far too long administrations of both parties have interpreted their authorities in an extremely expansive way to continue military interventions across the Middle East region and elsewhere. This must end.
“In 2019, Congress passed the first War Powers Resolution in history to end U.S. participation in the war in Yemen. Congress passed another such resolution in 2020 to prevent Trump from starting a war with Iran. These were important and historic steps by the Congress to reassert Constitutional authority over the use of force, and we must continue to build on those efforts. While the President has a responsibility to defend the people of the United States, our Constitution is clear that it is the Congress, not the President, who has the authority to declare war.”