Issa Resolution Demands Strategic Plan from President for War Powers AuthorizationSeptember 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, September 4, 2014, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement regarding a joint resolution he plans to introduce in the US House of Representatives on Monday, September 8, 2014. The proposed resolution would require the President to present a strategic plan to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (“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.
“This President has clearly stated that he does not have a plan to deal with the growing terrorist threat from ISIL. We cannot sit idly by as ISIL continues to target and brutally murder Americans while threatening US interests and those of our Allies. My resolution requires the President to promptly communicate a clear and concise plan to combat ISIL.
“The responsibility and power to declare war and authorize the commitment of US forces lies with Congress and this resolution requires the President to create a plan with the guidance of the Department of Defense while simultaneously allowing all options available to him to address the current ISIL threat.
“This resolution, consistent with the War Powers Resolution of 1973, would give the President a 120 day authorization to use force against ISIL in order to protect American interests and prevent the group’s further expansion. Within 60 days of passage, the President has to present to Congress a comprehensive strategy to stabilize the region and defeat the ISIL threat.
“It’s time, Mr. President, to choose action over inaction, to execute a plan over rhetoric, and to protect American interests. The defeat of ISIL must be a top priority.”
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.