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Senators Christopher Murphy, Mike Lee and Bernie Sanders, and Representatives Jim McGovern and Peter Meijer have been selected as the joint recipients of the 2021 Quincy Award for Responsible Statecraft.
The award recognizes the role of this bipartisan group in championing legislation that strengthens the constitutional role of Congress in exerting control over executive war powers. The National Security Reforms and Accountability Act in the House, and the National Security Powers Act in the Senate would require affirmative congressional approval for any future military interventions or declarations of national emergency, and for most arms sales. This bipartisan legislation would greatly strengthen the ability of the American people through their representatives in Congress to exercise a meaningful check on executive branch decisions about war and peace.
The award is named for John Quincy Adams, the nation’s sixth president, who 200 years and 83 American-involved wars ago warned that America ought not go “abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” The Quincy Institute established this award in 2020 to honor the individual(s) or organization whose work has done the most in the preceding year to move U.S. policy away from endless war and toward vigorous and effective diplomacy.