It is past time for Congress to 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. The bill that Senators Flake (R-AZ) and Kaine (D-VA) introduced this week would serve that purpose well.
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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.
Last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) along with four other Republican co-sponsors, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), introduced a broad Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
I have not read the vast majority of the 2000-page Omnibus bill that contains the fiscal year 2016 Defense Appropriations bill. But presumably Representative Hal Rogers, the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has read it.
I wrote yesterday about Representative Schiff’s draft AUMF. Republican representatives Welch and Rigell, Democratic Senator Kaine, and Republican Senator Flake also proposed a new ISIL AUMF yesterday.
I remain skeptical that Congress will ever pass an ISIL AUMF. But if it is going to enact one, I recommend the one just proposed by Representative Schiff (which differs from the previous two he has proposed). The Schiff draft authorizes force against al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIL, and associated forces – i.e.
There were at least two points of note in President Obama’s call last night for Congress to “vote to authorize the continued use of military force against these terrorists.” First, the President did not mention his draft AUMF for ISIL, much less ask Congress to approve that draft.
Secretary of Defense Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford testified Tuesday before the House Armed Services Committee. The news was that JSOC will play a bigger role against ISIL in Iraq (and probably Syria).
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.
The California Republican said Obama’s draft authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, could not win the 218 votes needed to pass the lower chamber, and suggested key GOP-led co