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Thomas Massie: Air Strikes Require Congressional Authorization

Following President Obama's decision to resume bombing in Iraq, Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY-4) reiterated his call for President Obama to obey the Constitution and seek approval from Congress before launching new military actions in Iraq in these comments to Kentucky media:

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky 4th Congressional District) argues that President Obama should have sought congressional approval for the airstrikes against militants in northern Iraq,

"Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress—not the President—the power to declare war," Massie said in a statement to WHAS11.  "These air strikes require congressional authorization, and the American people deserve open debate by their elected officials."

Massie contends that America's national security interests in Iraq are unclear, because Iraq poses no imminent threat.

"And, because the President has not articulated a long term strategy, I would vote against authorizing the use of military force in Iraq," Massie added.

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