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A bill to declare war on ISIS has been introduced in the House and Senate, and it’s unprecedented.
Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), along with Congressmen Scott Rigell (R-VA) and Peter Welch (D-VT) sponsored the only proposal for war that is both bicameral and bipartisan.
It would expire after three years unless reauthorized, repeal the Iraq War authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) and be the sole authorization for the war against ISIS.
The Obama administration currently maintains it has the authority to prosecute the war using the 2001 AUMF intended against al Qaeda, but it has argued a new AUMF in the war against ISIS would signal Congress’s support for the war and the troops fighting it.
A RAND Corporation report released this week faulted the administration for “legal gymnastics” in using the 2001 AUMF to justify the new war against ISIS and recommended Congress pass a new measure.
Even Hillary Clinton has admitted that ISIS “cannot be contained” like Obama claims, it must be defeated.
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