Rep against deployment of US troops in Syria

Rep against deployment of US troops in Syria

July 19, 2017 0 By WFTV

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has introduced a bipartisan bill to block additional U.S. forces from being sent into Syria.

H.R. 1473 prohibits the Department of Defense from funding any attempt by the administration to expand our presence in Syria by putting U.S. combat boots on the ground.

Under the bill, the Pentagon would be prohibited from using funds to send troops to Syria for ground combat operations, award a contract to a private security firm for ground activity or otherwise establish or maintain a presence of U.S. troops or a private security contractor in Syria.

The bill would allow for exceptions to “protect, rescue or remove” U.S. personnel.

“I strongly object to the White House’s decision to unilaterally place U.S. boots on the ground in Syria,” Rep. Lee said. “The Constitution is clear: Congress must debate, vote and authorize the use of military force in matters of war and peace,” said Lee.

Twenty Members of the House have co-sponsored the bill.