REPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF US REP. COLLEEN HANABUSA – Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today will introduce an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act directed at preventing the U.S. from engaging in combat operations in circumvention of the War Powers Resolution.
“Given that the President has invoked the War Powers Resolution, and has broad authorities granted to him under this law, our priority must be ensuring that he complies with it and does not involve U.S. troops in combat operations,” Hanabusa said.
“I have opposed U.S. involvement in Iraq since 2002, and believe that further military involvement lacks an effective objective or a solid endgame. My amendment is simple; it would ensure that the president does not circumvent his granted authorities to unilaterally commit U.S. forces to operations in Iraq.”
The Hanabusa amendment reads, in full:
None of the funds made available by this Act may be used with respect to Iraq in contravention of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1541 et seq.), including for the introduction of United States forces into hostilities in Iraq, into situations in Iraq where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, or into Iraqi territory, airspace, or waters while equipped for combat, in contravention of the congressional consultation and reporting requirements of sections 3 and 4 of such Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1542 and 1543).