Mark Pocan

Congressman Mark Pocan has emerged as a leading advocate for a congressional intervention to check and balance President Donald Trump’s ability to start a war with North Korea. PHOTO BY MICHELLE STOCKER

PHOTO BY MICHELLE STOCKER

Long one of the House’s most outspoken defenders of the constitutionally defined separation of powers that gives Congress the authority to declare wars, Congressman Mark Pocan has emerged as a leading advocate for a congressional intervention to check and balance Donald Trump’s ability to start a war with North Korea.

“Now more than ever, Speaker Ryan needs to reconsider giving Trump a blank check to go to war,” Pocan, D-town of Vermont, said with regard to the Janesville Republican who leads the House. “We need a debate on the use of military force.”

Ryan has been absurdly deferent to Trump, enabling the president’s worst instincts. His behavior has been as shameful as that of the president. But this is about more than shame or honor. This is about war and peace, and Pocan is right to call Ryan out. 

John Nichols is associate editor of The Capital Times. jnichols@madison.com and @NicholsUprising

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