With U.S. poised to once again ramp up its involvement in Iraq, Rep. John Larson is calling on Congress to abandon the rest of its recess and return to work.
““The extreme violence and latest political unrest witnessed in Iraq has brought to light old and new questions about the region,” Larson said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As President Obama’s administration weighs several options, Congress should be fully engaged.
“Rather than remaining at home second guessing and criticizing the President’s every move, Congress should be back in Washington and fully briefed. It remains unclear with regard to strikes in Syria whether the President needs Congressional authority. It is Congress’s duty to weigh in and clarify. As this serious situation continues to evolve, Congress has the responsibility to examine the issues and potentially vote on authorizing military force,” Larson said.
His statement comes a day after Sen. Tim Kane of Virginia renewed his call for a roll call vote on U.S. military action in Iraq.
Larson said it is important for Congress to address the issue. “There is no question that Americans are weary of war,” the Democrat from Connecticut’s 1st District said. Given the gravity of the situation, their elected Representatives should be in Washington, working through these issues.”