Yesterday, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) introduced a resolution to prohibit the use of war power against Syria without congressional authorization. H. Con. Res 40 emphasizes that declaring and appropriating funds for war is a power of the legislative -- not executive -- branch. Should the president choose to implement military force against Syria without congressional approval, that decision would constitute an impeachable offense under Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution.
"We cannot continue to spend American money and risk American lives overseas without a vote of approval from Congress," said Jones. "For too long, the legislature's responsibility to authorize military force has been overlooked. It is time that we uphold the Constitution, which makes it clear in Article 1, Section 8 that Congress alone holds the power to declare war. A breach of that principle by the president would unquestionably be considered an impeachable offense."