Over the years and in the wake of international terrorism, it has often appeared that very few elected representatives in Washington, on either side of the aisle are relunctant to intervene in foreign affairs. It has become rather commonplace, for the United States to have a prolonged presence in nations across the world. In recent years, this seems to typically without a formal, Constitutionally required Congressional Declaration of War.

This is just one issue of many, that are argued about in regards to American foreign policy and the role the United States ought to play in the world. But an emerging bipartisan group has seemed to become more prominent in the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

To an outside observer, much of what this group asks does not seem radical at all. Yet, the chance of gaining traction and passing seems to be slim to none. Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard originally introduced the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” in the House. The basis of this measure is simple, it would now allow agencies of the federal government to arm, pay, or support in any way radical terror groups such as al-Queda or ISIS.

Gabbard stated regarding the bill:

“The fact that American taxpayer dollars are being used to strengthen the very terrorist groups we should be focused on defeating should alarm every Member of Congress and every American.  We call on our colleagues and the Administration to join us in passing this legislation.”

After Gabbard introduced it in the House, it has now been introduced in the Senate by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. He reasoned that:

“This legislation will strengthen our foreign policy, enhance our national security, and safeguard our resources.”

As it stands, the cosponsors of the legislation are Representatives John Conyers (D-MI), Scott Perry (R-PA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Tom Garrett (R-VA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). It is unlikely that the measure will pass, although it certainly provides a much needed perspective when discussing potentially escalating American involvement overseas.

Read more about the legislation here!

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Jake Leahy is a Staff Writer for Hypeline News, frequent contributor on 560 the Answer in Chicago, and a student at Deerfield High School (IL). Follow him on Twitter @jakealeahy.


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