Thank you G.K. Butterfield
Monday, June 17, 2019
Recently the Greenville Advocacy Team of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) met at Congressman G.K. Butterfield's Wilson office for a conference call with his legislative director in D.C., Kyle Parker. Also on this call was the FCNL team from Durham. The purpose of this call was to urge the congressman to sign on to HR 1274, which is the repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).
Since 9/11, the AUMF has pretty much been handed over to the current president to authorize the use of our troops whenever and wherever he deems necessary. The AUMF was originally passed requiring Congress to debate and decide such matters — not the president. We currently have troops stationed in over 18 countries around the world. It is imperative that Congress takes back this decision-making responsibility before committing more troops in the future.
I am very happy to report that Congressman Butterfield has now signed on to this bill. We need more members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation to follow his lead and also endorse Bill HR 1274. Please urge those members to do so; but in the meantime, contact G.K. Butterfield and thank him for signing on at 252-237-9816 or butterfield.house.gov.
The writer is a member of the Greenville Advocacy Team, FCNL