Congressman Crow Statement in Support of War Powers Resolution
Today, Congressman Jason Crow, an Army combat veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke on the House floor in support of the War Powers Resolution which passed the House of Representatives this evening.
“Mr. Speaker, our founders vested in Congress the solemn responsibility of sending our sons and daughters to war. I have often heard folks say that now is not the time to discuss the use of force or the decision to send our men and women to fight.
“I heard that in 2003 when I was carrying a rifle in Baghdad. I heard it again in 2004 and 2005 when I was leading my unit through the mountains of Afghanistan. And I am hearing it again today in the halls of Congress. In the last 19 years more than 7,000 Americans have given their lives in these conflicts, 53,000 have been wounded, and we have spent over four trillion dollars of taxpayer money. Do not believe the fearmongering. This resolution does nothing to prevent the President from protecting the nation against imminent threats. I have spent years fighting to keep Americans safe and will continue to do so.
“I may have laid down my rifle, but my oath to this country endures. I will fight to ensure that we are having a discussion about when to send our men and women, our sons and daughters, our sisters and brothers, into harm’s way. It’s time to have this debate.
“Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”