State Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced the Defend the Guard Act, which would require Congress to declare war as required under the U.S. Constitution before Michigan National Guard troops could be deployed to a warzone.
“This is not an anti-war or pro-war bill but rather a simple requirement for Congress to do their job for once,” said Johnson. “It is important that we have a declaration of war with a clear mission in place before sending our troops into harm’s way.”
Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution states “The Congress shall have Power… To declare War,” which prevents constant military actions without proper discussion and Congressional authority. Johnson said it is time to support President Trump’s leadership in declaring victory and to end the endless wars by bringing our troops home.
“We have a responsibility to our National Guard troops, but unfortunately Congress has failed to do their job and declare war before deployment,” said Johnson. “It’s time to stand up for our troops, and ensure that our state’s resources are not being spread across foreign lands without official declaration of a foreign conflict.”
House Bill 5320 has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for further consideration.
House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today voted to advance a multi-bill package that allows the Legislature to have greater oversight over emergency powers that are used by the executive branch. Johnson, who has sponsored legislation within the plan, said the measures set reasonable timeframes, ensure transparency, deliver greater accountability and clarify law to […]
Rep. Johnson talks about House Oversight Committee passage this week of his HB 4041, which would allow a Michigan resident to make a state park or state forest campground reservation two weeks prior to out-of-state residents.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Johnson talks about a 31-bill package pending before the committee designed to hold state government more accountable to Michigan citizens when using emergency powers. Rep. Johnson says the plan could be moved out of committee to the full House this week.
House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Steve Johnson talks about Committee passage Thursday of a series of bills that update Michigan’s Freedom of Information law by better defining “business days” as being Monday-Friday, limiting government agencies from bringing up new reasons not to disclose information during appeals and identifying public contacts. The plan now moves to […]