Congressman Richard Nugent

Representing the 11th District of Florida

SITREP - August 31st, 2013

Aug 31, 2013

Quick recap for this week – First, we had some great town halls throughout each of our counties. I really can’t thank everybody enough who turned out. Having the chance to get input from people all across our area and all across the political spectrum is extremely valuable. And while most of you may know this already, I did want to remind you about the tele-town halls I try to do each week when I’m stuck in Washington. It’s not quite the same as being able to sit down in person, but I think most people who join the calls feel like it’s a real benefit. It also enables me to hear from you all in real-time about whatever happens to be going on that week. In any case, if you have a chance, just call my office or shoot me a quick email and make sure we have an up-to-date phone number for you. We want to make sure we get as many people involved as possible.

On another note… one of the things that came up repeatedly during the town halls was the question of U.S. military involvement in Syria. There aren’t too many things today that really unite liberals and conservatives, but one of them is undoubtedly Syria. For my part, I have been adamant and outspoken on this issue. I think part of it certainly has to do with having sons who have served in combat and who remain in the service, but a lot of it is just me, as an American, feeling like it’s time we stopped trying to be the policeman for the world.

I don’t think it’s likely at this point, but I sincerely believe President Obama should follow British Prime Minister David Cameron’s lead and put the issue to a vote in Congress. If the representatives of the people vote it down, then he should respect the people’s wishes. I give Prime Minister Cameron credit for doing exactly that.

Below is the text of a letter I sent to the President on Thursday highlighting my concerns about intervention and also what I see as the complete lack of legal authority he has to prosecute the war on his own. As always, I’m interested to hear what you all think. And please feel free to forward this on to anyone you think may be interested.

Thanks again.