Letters from Ben

Capital Wheel, National Harbor, Maryland

These are regular letters to constituents about what's happening in Maryland, nationally and around the world. Beginning as a way to share information during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have become a must-read for Marylanders to connect happenings in our nation's capital to daily life.


Dear Fellow Marylanders, As a member of the House of Representatives in 1991 and 2002, I voted against going to war with Iraq. The 2002 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), particularly, was passed under false pretenses. It passed because of the belief that Iraq was involved in the September 11th attack on our country, when in fact it was not. It was based on the premise that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction that could be used against U.S. interests, and that also was false. History has shown that voting no was the right thing to do. This week, as a member of the United States Senate, I joined my colleagues debating how best to finally bring an end to this chapter in our...

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Capital Wheel, National Harbor, Maryland