Wenstrup Statement on Lee and Khanna Amendments

Washington, January 30, 2020 Contact: Christopher Krepich (202-225-3164)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) offered the following statements on the two Democrat Amendments that would hamper U.S. national defense capabilities:

Regarding the Lee Amendment:

“While I believe that Congress should pass an up-to-date AUMF that recognizes the world as it is now, the effort to repeal the 2002 AUMF without any replacement is dangerous and irresponsible. At a time when bad actors around the world threaten America and our allies, we need to send the message to our troops that we’ve got their backs and support their mission. Unfortunately, this amendment does just the opposite,” said Congressman Wenstrup.

Regarding the Khanna Amendment:

“Article II of the Constitution establishes the President's role as Commander-in-Chief. This amendment would tie the President’s hands, preventing him from acting quickly in situations that are short of war. Worse, it would prevent the United States from responding swiftly to overseas attacks on American diplomats, civilians, or allies,” said Congressman Wenstrup.

Congressman Wenstrup has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1998. He served a tour of duty in Iraq as a combat surgeon in 2005—2006.

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