|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) said today that he strongly supports the U.S. troops involved in Operation Desert Fox but questions the constitutionality of the President's action in ordering the attack. "I support our troops like any American," said Traficant. "But I must question this process. We need to get back to the Constitution. No one man should have the power to declare war. I blame the Congress for shirking its constitutional responsibilities."
The House is today considering a resolution expressing support for U.S. armed forces in the Persian Gulf. Traficant is deeply concerned over the fact that the attack was made without the authorization of Congress. "We are placing our troops in harm's way, and we're allowing one person to do this," said Traficant on the House floor this morning. "We all support our troops after the fact. I say it's time throw out the War Powers Act – throw it out, and get back to the Constitution." Traficant noted that the Constitution is clear that Congress and only Congress has the authority to declare war.
Traficant also expressed alarm over the cynical climate in the nation's capital. "What's even more problematic today is that there are many skeptics out there. Everybody is afraid to say what they feel down here. People are questioning motives. I blame Congress for this," noted Traficant. "If we get back to the Constitution, do it the right way, we would never allow doubt and politics to raise their ugly head when our troops are locked in battle overseas," asserted Traficant.
"Maybe the constitutional process is clumsy, maybe it lacks surprise. But you know what? Doing it the right way will not only save lives, it will ensure our great Republic and our freedom. I support our troops but I oppose, with every fiber in me, this process. Wise up Congress before we place America at great risk."2009