To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

Congress: Debate and Vote Before New Libya War

Congress should debate and vote before the U.S. escalates military action in Libya.

Why is this important?

The Obama administration is drawing up plans to significantly escalate U.S. military action in Libya. Administration officials say the campaign in Libya could begin in a matter of weeks.

This escalation is being planned without a meaningful debate in Congress about the merits and risks of a military campaign, the New York Times notes. Pentagon officials have not made a case that the proposed military action has achievable goals, and airstrikes could lead to a ground war. [1] If Congress takes no action, endless war will likely be extended to a new country, without time limit, without restrictions on the use of U.S. ground troops, and without any limit on who can be targeted, even if they have never attacked the United States nor shown any public inclination to do so.

Urge Congress to exercise its responsibilities under the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution by debating and voting on U.S. military escalation in Libya before it happens by signing our petition at MoveOn.

References:
1. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/opinion/opening-a-new-front-against-isis-in-libya.html

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