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New Resolution Demands President Propose a Plan to Combat ISIL

Press Release
Sep 9, 2014


WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, September 8, 2014, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) along with 9 other Members of Congress, introduced legislation, H.J. Res 123, focused on the authorized use of military force against the radical group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (“ISIL” also known as ISIS or IS).

 “It’s past time for President Obama to define a course of action,” said Congressman Issa. “The brutal murder of two American journalists was a shocking wake up call for the public, but the threat ISIL poses to America’s national interests has grown unchecked for some time. We need a strategic plan to stop the spread of their hateful ideology and violence. The defeat of ISIL must be a top priority – this resolution authorizes the use of force for a definite period and requires President Obama to develop and share his strategy with Congress and the American people.”

Key Passages:

Whereas the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has committed acts of terrorism and crimes against humanity and continues to train and equip jihadists to further commit humanitarian atrocities in the region;

Whereas ISIL jihadists have directly threatened the United States and its allies;

Whereas the War Powers Resolution requires the President to obtain congressional authorization for the continued use of United States Armed Forces after the limitations specified in section 5(b) of such Resolution have been met;

Whereas Congress, in order to determine the actions necessary and appropriate to protect the national security interests of the United States, must receive a strategic outlook on the role of the United States Armed Forces in combating ISIL;

Whereas it is in the national security interest of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Middle East region…

The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


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.

The full text of the H.J. Resolution 123 can be read here.

Sponsors include: Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Trey Gowdy, Rep. Sam Johnson, Rep. Billy Long, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Rep. Dennis Ross, Rep. Roger Williams, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, Rep. David Jolly, and Rep. Bradley Byrne.

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