To the Editor:
Congressman Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, continues to show his hypocrisy. On Aug. 29, 2013, Hultgren released a press release that is still posted on his website. His press release states: “Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) this week, along with 115 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, signed a letter urging President Obama to follow the Constitution and convene Congress to seek their authorization before using military force in Syria."
“The horrific conflict in Syria only gets worse as more and more lives are lost, but that does not give the President authority to ignore our Constitution in matters of military engagement,” said Rep. Hultgren in the release, adding, “The Constitution is definitive when it comes to engaging U.S. military forces and we expect that the president would seek congressional authorization prior to committing U.S. military assets. We are ready to come back to Washington to deal with this issue head-on, carefully consider our options and, if necessary, act."
And yet, just this week, Hultgren failed to condemn Trump for doing this very thing: taking military action in Syria without Congressional authorization. Despite having gone on record saying that Congressional authorization is necessary and important, Hultgren hypocritically praised Trump for taking this action.
Hultgren has voted over 95 percent in line with Trump during Trump’s presidency. Just last week, on April 12, Hultgren voted for the Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment even though it would have forced cuts to important programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and military retirement benefits if it passed (it did not pass).
Even numerous Republicans blasted the Congressional Balanced Budget Amendment, such as Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who said: “Passing a weak constitutional balanced budget amendment only four legislative days after ramming through massive deficit spending is quite an audacious stunt. My colleagues have already demonstrated with the passage of the omnibus that they aren’t serious about balancing the budget.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called the bill “a joke” while Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said, “There is no one on Capitol Hill, and certainly no one on Main Street, that will take this vote seriously.” Yet, Hultgren voted for it.