This resolution would direct the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces that have been deployed to Iraq or Syria since August 7, 2014 within 30 days of this resolution’s adoption.
As of October 2015, the Obama administration announced concrete plans to deploy "less than 50" troops to Syria. Troops will not have a combat mission, but are charged with advising and supporting local Kurdish and Arab forces in fighting ISIS. That said, troops would always maintain the right of self-defense — and if deemed necessary, could secure permission to fight in the field. This planned deployment is considered the most serious escalation of U.S. military efforts against ISIS to date.
If the President determines that it is unsafe to remove U.S. military personnel in that timeframe, there would be an extension to December 31, 2015 — at which time those troops must be removed.
Troops that are necessary to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel in the two countries would be exempt from this resolution, and could remain in Iraq and Syria to continue carrying out their mission.
This bill gets its authority under the War Powers Resolution. It requires the President to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids them from remaining for more than 60 days, with an additional 30 day withdrawal period. This gives the President flexibility to use the military without obtaining an authorization to use military force (AUMF) or a formal declaration of war, which would be required for any deployment longer than 90 days.