Word on the street sayas the Senate will vote today (Thursday) on whether to override our President's veto of the Yemen war resolution, so you can call your Senators today, using the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or on the bottom of this page, if you're on a smartphone). We would need over a dozen more Republican Senators to vote our way this time, but we keep telling them, they'll know they're bucking the popular will if they keep standing with our President. Folks get this twisted by thinking of our President as "Commander-in-Chief," but our Constitution only charges him with the duty of prosecuting a war, not deciding when to go to war. And why should we be in Yemen? Because we like famine and bombing school buses? Because we like fighting people who fight al-Qaeda better than almost anyone on Earth? If the answers are "no," our duty is clear.
It's not just Yemen, though: Administration-supported opposition forces apparently failed to engineer a coup in Venezuela earlier this week, and if I may say so, this most recent coup attempt makes the folks who put Hugo Chavez out of office for a few days in 2002 look like super-geniuses. Our President sure knows how to pick a winner! He must think this is like the business world, where you pick losers and then make sure someone else pays you for your loss. Anyway, H.R. 1004/S.J.Res. 11, the Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Resolution of 2019, would do pretty much what its title says: prohibit our Administration from spending money to wage war in Venezuela unless it gets specific authorization to do so from our Congress -- again, as our Constitution mandates. So Roots Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to stop any Administration efforts to wage unconstitutional war in Venezuela.
And it ain't just Venezuela, either: our Administration continues to rattle sabers with Iran, imposing tighter economic sanctions and designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, which sure will make a lot of other militaries jealous. President Obama actually had Iran handled with the multination nuclear deal, but of course our current President pulled us out of that deal, and our Secretary of State has lately asserted that the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (or AUMF) already gives our President authority to attack Iran. However, H.R. 2354/S. 1039, the (guess what) Prevention of Unconstitutional War With Iran Act of 2019, would keep our Administration from waging war on Iran without (guess what) explicit Congressional authorization, so the Friends Committee on National Legislation helps you tell your Congressfolk to prevent our Administration from waging unconstitutional war on Iran.