http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/319127-55-house-members... (The Hill story has the latest number of letter signers (116) as of Wednesday, Aug. 28., 6 pm.) From: Jason Miyares [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:04 PM To: Undisclosed recipients: Subject: Help Scott Rigell Stop Obama's Unconstitutional Action in Syria Dear Friend, Congressman Scott Rigell, who represents the largest concentration of military men and women of any congressional district in the nation, has long been an advocate for Congress to reassert its constitutional role on the momentous decision to commit our brave men and women to combat. Yesterday, Congressman Rigell released a public statement calling on the President to receive the needed constitutional authorization from Congress prior to any military action in the Syrian civil war. Today he is leading the charge in an open letter requesting that the President consult with Congress prior to committing U.S. military forces to combat. This letter already has 36 congressional cosigners, fully listed below. However, it is crucial that as many constituents and concerned citizens across the nation contact Congress to urge them to both sign onto the Rigell letter and to oppose any unconstitutional action in Syria. “It is not constitutional for any one person, including the Commander-in-Chief, to have the unilateral authority to engage U.S. forces when there is no direct threat to the United States. There has been a constant drift of constitutional interpretation in Washington, and that drift has only gone in one direction: elevating the authority of the Executive Branch.” - Congressman Scott Rigell Please pass on to as many of your colleagues, friends and supporters the urgency of this letter and how important it is that Congress send the President a unified message on any potential unconstitutional action in Syria. This is not the first time Congressman Rigell has taken on the President on his unconstitutional use of force. In 2011, Rigell called out President Obama's military action in Libya as "unconstitutional" since Congress was not consulted. Simultaneously, Congressman Rigell introduced a Defense Appropriations Amendment to defund U.S. military operations in Libya that ultimately failed in the House. Full list of cosigners of the Rigell letter to President Obama below Republicans- 31 Democrats- 6 ------------------------------------------ Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02) Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05) Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04) Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01) Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-17) Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-2) Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03) Rep. Raul Labrabor (ID-01) Rep. Joseph Pitts (PA-16) Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08) Rep. John Campbell (CA-45) Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-03) Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08) Rep. Bill Posey (FL-8) Rep. Randy Forbes (VA-04) Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11) Rep. David Roe (TN-01) Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-01) Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-02) Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-08) Rep. James Lankford (OK-05) Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA-06) ---------------------------------------------------- Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5) Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) Jason Miyares, Esq. Miyares Consulting Group, LLC ----- Scott Rigell for U.S. Congress Work: (757) 425-0680 Cell: (757) 679-5143 "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself." - James Madison, The Federalist Papers #51 This electronic message transmission contains information that may be confidential or privileged. The information is intended solely for the recipient and use by any other party is not authorized. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this information is prohibited. If you have received this electronic transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone at 757-425-0680 or by electronic mail to [email protected].