Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District
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September 11, 2014
Issa Offers Support for the Defeat of ISIL

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, September 10, 2014, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement:

 “ISIL flourished after this Administration rushed away our assistance to Iraq, lost international credibility by not backing up its ‘red line’ in Syria, and deferred action to allies who had depended on us to lead.  Now that our enemies have gained strength after we showed weakness, the President has concluded that we must again put men and women of our armed forces in harm’s way.

“We face a real threat and our nation needs to show leadership. If President Obama is finally ready to drop the wobbly rhetoric and lead a coalition, I am prepared to offer him the support he needs to put down the extremists who threaten us and have committed horrendous crimes against humanity.  Several of my colleagues and I have put our support behind H.J. Resolution 123 which would require the President to present a strategic plan to Congress and replaces the old 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq and provides the President with a new short term authorization for the use of force to defeat ISIL. Rhetoric doesn’t win wars. if President Obama is now prepared to seek authorization for action against ISIL, I’m prepared to give it to him.”

Note: Under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the President only has the authorization to use military force for 60 days, which will expire on October 7, 2014, before coming to Congress for further authorization to extend any missions or operations. In addition, the proposed resolution would require the President to present a strategic plan to defeat ISIL to Congress, to formally revoke the 2002 Iraq War Powers Resolution and to create a new short term authorization for the use of force to defeat ISIL.

Co-sponsors Include:  Rep. Robert Aderholt, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Paul Broun, Rep. Bradley Byrne,  Rep. Trey Gowdy, Rep. Sam Johnson, Rep. David Jolly, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Rep. Billy Long, Rep. Stevan Pearce, Rep. Dennis Ross, Rep Tim Walberg, and Rep. Roger Williams.

Full text of H.J. Res 123 can be read here.

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