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Senator Young introduces bill to authorize military force against ISIS

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has introduced legislation which would authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“Despite the fact that the Constitution vests the authority to declare war with Congress and that the U.S. has been bombing ISIS for two-and-a-half years and has thousands of service members in Iraq and Syria, Congress has failed to pass an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS,” according to a statement released today by Young’s office.

In addition to authorizing the use of all necessary and appropriate force against al-Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and any successor organizations or associated forces, Young’s legislation would “require the Trump administration to submit a comprehensive strategy to Congress for the defeat of ISIS,” the statement said.

In an op-ed published on Thursday, Young stated, “I believe it is long past time for Congress to consider and pass an authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS and send a clear message to our troops in harm’s way that we support them and have their backs. As they have done throughout our nation’s history, members of our armed forces are once again bravely serving and fighting overseas to keep us safe, and it is important for them and their families to know that Americans and their representatives in Congress stand with them. In addition to providing our troops the necessary resources for victory, the best way for Congress to express that support is to consider and pass a well-formulated AUMF.”



Posted 3/6/2017




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