WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced H. Res 58, which would prohibit the use of funds for the use of force in Syria. There are two exceptions: a subsequent Act of Congress that specifically authorizes such use of force or an attack or imminent attack on the United States, its territories or possessions, or the United States Armed Forces.
“The American people have shown overwhelming opposition to this war and Congress has the obligation to reflect the will of the people,” said Poe. “President Obama has no legal authority to defy the will of the people and engage in hostilities against the Syrian regime absent a statutory authorization from Congress or an attack on the United States, its territories, or its armed forces. This bill uses Congress' constitutionally recognized power of the purse to make sure the will of the people is not ignored."