President Barrack Obama to ask Congress to authorize military force against ISIS – White House

February 6, 2015 1:04 pm

The developments come after Islamic militants released a grisly video
of the murder of a Jordanian Air Force pilot by burning him alive.
Pelosi also said that the U.S. should “move quickly” to steer military
aid to Jordan, which has begun a stepped-up campaign against the
militants, including a series of air strikes in Syria.
Republicans generally want a broader authorization of military action
against the militants, who have overrun wide swaths of Iraq and Syria,
than Democrats have been willing to consider. Obama has said he does not
intend to have U.S. “boots on the ground” in combat roles, while many
Republicans believe that option ought to be available to the military.

President Obama is expected to formally ask Congress to authorize the
use of military force against the Islamic State terror group in the
coming days, even as lawmakers said crafting and passing such a measure
would be a challenge.
The U.S. has been carrying out airstrikes against the ,
most commonly known as , in Iraq and Syria since August and
September, respectively. In doing so, Obama has been relying on
congressional authorizations that President George W. Bush used to
justify military action after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Critics have called the White House’s use of post-9/11 congressional
authorizations a legal stretch, though Obama has previously argued that a
new authorization isn’t legally necessary.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that the
administration is dedicated to getting a new authorization with
bipartisian support. He declined to comment on specific provisions,
including how long the authorization will last, what geographical areas
it will cover and whether it will allow for the possibility of ground
troops. Earnest said those details were still being worked out.
“When it comes to fighting a war, the Congress should not tie the
president’s hands, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters
Thursday morning. However, Boehner later added, “It’s also incumbent on
the president to make the case to the American people on why we need to
fight this fight. This is not going to be an easy lift.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said talks with the
administration are focusing on an authorization time frame of three
years, while the other issues are still being worked out. Pelosi added
that she ultimately expects a compromise on the outstanding issues to be
reached and added that she hopes Congress will repeal the 2002
congressional authorization for the war in Iraq while retaining the 2001
authorization for military action in Afghanistan.
“I’m not saying anybody’s come to an agreement on it,” Pelosi said. “I think it’s going to be a challenge, but we will have it.”
The developments come after Islamic militants released a grisly video
of the murder of a Jordanian Air Force pilot by burning him alive.
Pelosi also said that the U.S. should “move quickly” to steer military
aid to Jordan, which has begun a stepped-up campaign against the
militants, including a series of air strikes in Syria.
Republicans generally want a broader authorization of military action
against the militants, who have overrun wide swaths of Iraq and Syria,
than Democrats have been willing to consider. Obama has said he does not
intend to have U.S. “boots on the ground” in combat roles, while many
Republicans believe that option ought to be available to the military.
Secretary of State John Kerry has testified that any new
authorization should not limit U.S. military action to just Iraq and
Syria or prevent the president from deploying ground troops if he later
deems them necessary. Kerry also said that if the new authorization has a
time limit, there should be a provision for it to be renewed.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House
intelligence panel, has already introduced legislation rather than wait
for Obama’s version. His bill would authorize the use of force against
ISIS in Iraq and Syria for three years, but prohibit the use of ground
forces in a combat mission in either nation. He has said if the
president later decided to deploy ground troops, he could return to
Congress to ask for new authority.
“It is my hope that the administration will be willing to accept
important limits in a new authorization as well as the sunset or repeal
of the old [authorizations], as this will be necessary to ensure strong
bipartisan support and meet the goals the president set last summer of
refining and repealing the prior authorizations,” Schiff said in a
statement Thursday, using the acronym for authorization for use of
military force.

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