Republican Rep. Meijer calls AUMF repeal ‘Constitutional hygiene’
He told Thursday’s webinar, hosted by Andrew Lautz of the National Taxpayers Union and Jonathan Bydlak of R Street, that this is all part of Congress taking back its Constitutional oversight authorities, a goal he had front and center when he ran for office.
“I definitely went into my Iraq deployment in 2010 with a sense of optimism, but left with a strong sense of pessimism,” he said. The failures of Iraq were a symptom of a much larger system failure in all of our post-9/11 conflicts, he said, in that they reflected the waning oversight and growing disconnect between the Executive and the people. “We need people in office who understand the severity, who understand the consequences” of “what the government does or doesn’t do” and be prepared to act on it by asserting their proper Constitutional authority.