House Wanting a Say in Obama's Actions
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on July 27, 2014 @ 7:22PM
Created on July 27, 2014 @ 4:56PM
President Obama is the one to decide whether we send troops to Iraq or not, but now Congress is wanting some say in this decision.
Just this week, the House passed a resolution that would keep President Obama from sending forces to Iraq, without approval and backing from Congress.
Obama would be barred from deploying forces in a sustained combat role. This passed with an overwhelming vote in the House, but it still has to make its way through the Senate.
This ruling opens up several questions related to the Constitution's separation of powers. Republicans and Democrats have argued that they have the power and control to authorize military force.
5 News talked to some of you who agree that Congress and the president need to work together.
"I think the president has too much power. There should be oversight on some of the decisions that he makes. There needs to be more congressional involvement," said Kevin Francis, Lewis County resident.
Others 5 News talked to agree that the president is our Commander-in-Chief, but there needs to be an equal share of powers.
"I respect the office of the president and I understand that he has certain powers with that branch of government, but when it comes to something so important, such as sending people back into a war zone and into such volatile areas, I don't think that should be the decision of just one person. I believe the other branches of government should at least have some input," said Mendi Simon, Taylor County resident.
Over 800 U.S. troops are currently in Iraq and talks about sending more in are being discussed.
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