Congressman McGovern understands that the primary responsibility of our federal government is to keep the American people safe from those forces who would seek our nation harm. He believes it is essential that the agencies and people involved in this important work have the necessary resources available to them, but also that they use those resources in the most efficient and effective way possible, and that their conduct be held to the highest of standards.
Congressman McGovern has always been firmly committed to the protection and integrity of the U.S. Constitution, and that the fundamental rights and liberties contained within must never be sacrificed for the sake of temporary security.
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M. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this rule.
Let us be very clear about one of the implications of the language before us: A vote for this rule is a vote to shut off the mechanisms of the War Powers Resolution for the next two months. If any Member of this House has any concerns about the on-going military operations in Iraq, the potential of U.S. military airstrikes in Syria, or the possible introduction of U.S. combat ground forces into either country, then this rule will tie their hands for the next two months.
M. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this Rule and in opposition to the amendment on Syria that will be offered later today.