The bill that Senators Flake (R-AZ) and Kaine (D-VA) introduced this week would be a welcome update the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), explicitly authorizing the armed conflict with the Islamic State while also adding further important reforms to that foundational instrument.
Latest in AUMF: Legislative Reaffirmation
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) have introduced a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS, al Qaeda, and the Taliban.
Tonight, Longwood University will host the first and only debate between Vice Presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. One issue they should be asked about is whether they think Congress should authorize the war against ISIS, and, if so, what the parameters of that authority should be.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with four other Republican co-sponsors, introduced a broad Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The funding to continue the war against ISIL is an authorization of force against ISIL, albeit a quiet one, designed not to attract attention.
Congress has many options, but I still doubt it will choose one.
Rep. Schiff's draft AUMF would preserve the President's substantive authorities to use force against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIL, but imposes procedural requirements to force more congressional involvement.
By voting on a single sentence, Congress can give the President the symbolic support he wants in the fight against ISIL, affirm the President’s current authorities against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIL (but no more), and wipe away the old AUMFs.
Top Pentagon officials make clear that a new AUMF for ISIL would be symbolic only -- which is why Congress won't enact it.
The Hill is reporting this morning that Republican congressional leaders have declared the President's AUMF proposal dead:
President Obama’s proposal for the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is dead in the House, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared on Monday.