Congress

Senate Committee approves limited authorization for war on ISIS

–Kevin Martin, Executive Director

Last Thursday, The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10 to 8 in favor of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS/ISIL in Syria and Iraq, but with some limitations, read more in this article in Stars and Stripes. The importance of this vote remains to be seen, as neither the full Senate or House plans to take up the AUMF issue before the end of the year, so this committee vote will “expire,” and the new Congress may not take up the AUMF until March or April.

The vote was, somewhat predictably, along party lines, with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed. While the vote is largely symbolic, key issues surfaced not just in the vote itself but in the debate leading up to it, including possible prohibition or limitations on the use of U.S. combat forces (the bill would allow the use of ground forces for some special missions), the duration of congressional authorization (three years in the bill that passed in committee, meaning it would last into the next presidency), geographic limitations (Sen. Rand Paul’s attempt to limit military operations to Iraq and Syria failed in committee) and sunsetting the previous AUMFS for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

This committee vote fell far short of Congress doing its Constitutional duty regarding authorizing war, especially for a conflict the U.S. entered last summer. Peace Action will of course keep you apprised of the situation and how you can make an impact, including national lobby days, demonstrations and call-in and email actions early in 2015. On a somewhat related issue, we will also keep you informed on how to continue to support diplomacy rather than war or increased sanctions against Iran. While there may some tough moments ahead, resolving the issue of Iran’s nuclear program in the next several months could lead to broader benefits for Middle East peace.

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3 replies »

  1. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE PALESTINIAN CHILDREN & FAMILIES
    Israeli arms manufacturers look to cash in on the war in GAZA. AGAIN, all on your Tax dollars, they pay none of it..

    ISRAEL IS BACK, SAME PEOPLE, SAME EVIL, STILL IN EXILE, BY THE WORD OF GOD !!

    Who brought the old World, and the old World luggage to the New World “AMERICA”. Certainly not our Fore-fathers..

    The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth.

    New Groundbreaking Film Exposing Zionism! ‘Marching to Zion’

  2. The ISIS war is not a threat to the U.S., It’s their civil War in Syria and Iraq.I am against a vote for our military involvement.

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