Congress must get say on any Syria intervention

Published: Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 - 10:08 am

Re "U.S. lays out case for striking at Syria" (Page A1, Aug. 31): Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution provides that Congress shall have the power to declare war. Over the years, this provision has been nearly eviscerated by assumptions of the war power by the president.

We should all insist that our federal government restore the power to declare war to the Congress, whose members can reflect the will of the country.

-- Rick Sims, Sacramento

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