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house Bill H. Joint Res. 33

Should Congress Authorize Military Force Against ISIS?

Argument in favor

The U.S. needs to use its military power to destroy ISIS. Doing so under the 2002 authorization to use force against Iraq sends the wrong message. Clearly identifying the target of these actions puts the world on notice that America intends to defeat ISIS.

BarackObama's Opinion
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12/03/2015
"When I said no boots on the ground, I think the American people understood generally that we're not going to do an Iraq-style invasion of Iraq or Syria with battalions that are moving across the desert." [ndtv.com]
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Loraki's Opinion
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12/01/2015
ISIS is a scourge that needs to be ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE PLANET! Realistically speaking, however, that's not likely to happen. Especially not if we're going to continue pretending that Muslim countries, such as Saudi Arabia, are our allies in the fight against Islamic supremacy! Nevertheless, we should endeavor to wipe as many jihadists off the Earth as we can!
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operaman's Opinion
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11/26/2015
At least a declaration would show the world that the American citizens are against ISIS. Not that this would change POTUS Obama thinking of appeasement. When a president gives militants a 45 min warning before bombing demonstrates his weaknesses and appeasement. Obama is so weak that Michelle wears the big boy pants.
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Argument opposed

America is already undertaking military action against ISIS without this new authorization. The existing authorization from 2002 serves the same purpose and going through the process anew would only make things more complicated.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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12/02/2015
"I don't think any sensible person would disagree that the invasion of Iraq led to the massive level of instability we are seeing right now. I think that was one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the modern history of the United States." [huffingtonpost.com]
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ElizabethWarren's Opinion
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12/03/2015
"We can't get pulled into another war in the Middle East," she said. "We need to be working with others to close ISIS down." [thehill.com]
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MartinOMalley's Opinion
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12/02/2015
"an approach focused not only on military power, but on political solutions." [www.cbsnews.com]
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What is House Bill H. Joint Res. 33?

This resolution would authorize the use of U.S. Armed Forces against the self-proclaimed Islamic State group (commonly known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) and its associates.

Congress states that the use of force would be authorized under section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution — requiring the President to stop using the Armed Forces within 60 days of enactment unless Congress has either:

  • Declared war or enacted a specific authorization to use the Armed Forces;

  • Lawfully extended the existing 60-day window;

  • Is physically unable to meet because of an armed attack against the U.S.

The Iraq War Resolution of 2002 would be repealed, allowing this bill to serve as the sole authorization for Armed Forces against the Islamic State group.

Impact

The U.S. Armed Forces, Congress, and the President.

Cost of House Bill H. Joint Res. 33

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced this bill to give the President flexibility in carrying out military action against ISIL — while still allowing Congress to have a consultative role:

“A war powers resolution from Congress should recognize the president’s authority as Commander-in-Chief and provide the resources necessary to defeat an enemy determined to destroy us. War strategy requires flexibility, and Congress should not tie this and future presidents’ hands at a time when the ISIS threat is growing even more powerful and dangerous… It is time for the President to be a leader and act decisively. He needs to stand up to his own party and say, ‘I’m the Commander-in-Chief. I’m coming to Congress for your support, and this is what I need to win the war.’”

There are currently nine cosponsors of this legislation in the House, all of whom are Republicans.

Of Note: The growth of ISIS throughout Iraq and Syria has left U.S. policymakers with difficult decisions to make in their efforts to stop, and ultimately eliminate the group's influence in the region. The CIA estimated in the fall of 2014 that ISIS had between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters.

Much of ISIS' notoriety in the U.S. comes from the beheadings of several Americans and the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities via military campaign. During the 113th Congress, two bills were introduced — one to end the AUMF against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, and one to repeal the AUMF and declare war on ISIS — but neither was successful.

Beginning in August 2014, the U.S. began carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, started arming the Kurdish Peshmerga, and eventually began carrying out airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria. By mid-May 2015, the U.S. had carried out over 3,000 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

During this time, the number of American ground troops sent to Iraq has increased, with the first deployment raising troop levels to about 800 soldiers. Many of these soldiers were protecting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad (which employs more than 5,000 people), and other diplomatic outposts.

By February 2015, total troop levels in Iraq topped 3,000 after several deployments of about 1,000 troops each. These personnel are primarily tasked with training the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga, while also defending U.S. diplomatic facilities. They are not engaging ISIS in ground combat, although some participated in the evacuation of the Yazidis from a mountain where they had been surrounded by ISIS fighters.

In October 2015, U.S. special forces participated in a raid in Syria that left one American serviceman dead, though the Obama administration insists that the raid doesn't constitute a change in strategy towards a combat mission.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Enno Lenze)

AKA

Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Official Title

To authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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    The President has not signed this bill
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    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2015
    "When I said no boots on the ground, I think the American people understood generally that we're not going to do an Iraq-style invasion of Iraq or Syria with battalions that are moving across the desert." [ndtv.com]
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    "I don't think any sensible person would disagree that the invasion of Iraq led to the massive level of instability we are seeing right now. I think that was one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the modern history of the United States." [huffingtonpost.com]
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    "We can't get pulled into another war in the Middle East," she said. "We need to be working with others to close ISIS down." [thehill.com]
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    "an approach focused not only on military power, but on political solutions." [www.cbsnews.com]
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    ISIS is a scourge that needs to be ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE PLANET! Realistically speaking, however, that's not likely to happen. Especially not if we're going to continue pretending that Muslim countries, such as Saudi Arabia, are our allies in the fight against Islamic supremacy! Nevertheless, we should endeavor to wipe as many jihadists off the Earth as we can!
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    At least a declaration would show the world that the American citizens are against ISIS. Not that this would change POTUS Obama thinking of appeasement. When a president gives militants a 45 min warning before bombing demonstrates his weaknesses and appeasement. Obama is so weak that Michelle wears the big boy pants.
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    There is already a resolution for the use of military force. The US is already participating, but no true defeat of ISIS is going to happen until all the Muslim nations unite to eradicate that terrorist organization. Congress should be spending their time on things like passing a clean spending, jobs, or infrastructure bill. This is just another political gesture that wasted money and time and accomplished nothing.
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    Use military force to keep all ISIS and other militant muslims from entering this country. Force those who are here to leave or be executed.
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    It's time to kick some ISIS ass.
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    We had better start protecting what we hold dear
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    Why shouldn't we? ISIS hasn't legally declared war on anyone but they have declared war on the world. If they are willing to attack civilians then that is enough cause for war. We must stop the treat before we let it get to 9/11 and then decide to put the big boy pants on.
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    The quicker this pestilence known as radical Islam is eliminated the better! For the sake of all civilized humanity. If we leave it in the hands of a weak, anti-Christian, and anti-Semitic organization like the UN we will be overrun like Scandinavia, France, and the rest of continental Europe. Judging by their actions, misguided leftists appear to have no problem with this. Maybe they should stop getting their news from the late night network TV hacks. Don't they understand that these maniacs want to kill us?? We need to start educating our passive minds and understand this: DIPLOMACY WILL NOT WORK W/PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVIL HEARTS AND TWISTED MINDS. It's time for aggressive action and no more playing patty-cake like we've done for the past eight years.
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    The us CREATED Isis by arming "moderate rebels" to get rid of Assad. It's all part of a program to destabilize the entire Middle East!
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    Absolutely not. Remember the Iraq invasion? There is a more sensible, and diplomatic, political way to solve this problem. Avoid military intervention and avoid invading ISIS.
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    "The Iraq War Resolution of 2002 would be repealed, allowing this bill to serve as the sole authorization for Armed Forces against the Islamic State group." ISIS is a worldwide radical Islamic terror group - not just in Iraq. We need to defeat ISIS worldwide and President Trump has tasked the Defense Department to develop a specific plan. We need a specific bill authorized by Congress.
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    No more WARS!
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    It's time that Mohammad El Mohammad bin Mohammad is stopped from marrying 9 year old girls, throwing homosexuals off buildings, beheading people, and honor killing family members all for the "Religion of Peace". Why liberals defend these people is amazing! Liberal logic strikes again! Not all Muslims are bad. Imagine our parents applying the same logic in 1942. Not all Germans are bad, Nazis should be allowed to immigrate.
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    The Islamic State (Isis) Is a evil growing radical organization, flourishing across the globe and recruiting citizens from all continents incorporating especially Europe and North America! The ideological intensions by Isis are evidently RADICAL. Although in the eyes of corrupt politicians and some military personal ITS JUST FINE. We as a thriving nation need to have a central intelligence and a federal government that comprehends the significance of isil's radical ideology and deploy United States/militaristic forces that are allies TO EXPEDIENTLY DIFUSE THIS JIHADIST INFLUENCE. You know this planet is about promoting influence for power. Look at all the rising tyrants that ever lived in this world. THERE MAY BE A POSITIVE INTENSION BUT A DEVASTATING IMPLEMENTATION. Such examples incorporate the famous Adolf Hitler (Füer) that was painting Germany as a desperate nation for economic, and national stimulation. However in the end the negative implementation was the unfortunate extermination of Jewish individuals. It's quite fascinating, due to the fact that every positive implementation by a leader is always included with a negative influence as well. From the beginning of modern communism of Joseph Stalin, The Aryan uprising resulting in a liquification of over Six Million Jews, unexpected increase of The Al Queda organization under the authority of Osama Bin Ladin, and the current rulership of The Islamic State under the authority of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Listen, I know there are a very large portions of the Islam community that is very innocuous and has a bright soul. Although we need to confront the violent influence of religion based on the contingency of Isis. Martin Luther King Jr was an individual of integrity and a humbling personality. He knew how to keep is intentions to a civilized level and his implementations of equitable race legislation in the Untied states stabilized and formal as well. THIS IS MORE OF THE INFLUENCE WE NEED. A peaceful and civilized nature of influence to promote religious advancement, civil liberties, economic thriving, immigration matters, or anything related to political affairs or life in general as well. Isil is a widespread force that promotes the nature of hatred if you do not contain the values of a radical being and as a result they demonize the population of civilized communities incorporating the beheading of Americans, the unpleasant execution of journalists and homosexuals in a Satan like matter! We have no choice! But to authorize military force against this organization by abolishing not only their military capabilities but abolishing their source of wealth such as oil and the regulation of artillery distribution.In conclusion, by broadening our nations central intelligences abilities to diffuse Isis, reject the spread of a devastating ideology that promotes radical values, We would be leaving a civilized century for the future.Let's reject an organization that's not only a hindering factor for the thriving time period for generations/future to come but reject the devastation of our society waiting to occur. TOGETHER WE CAN ELIMINATE TYRANNY AND FLOURISH LEADERSHIP! Thank you for your time.
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    Not yet. The United States needs to negotiate a plan with numerous other countries (Europe and Middle Eastern countries) to where this potential war doesn't hurt us like what the Iraq War has done to this country. We need more time to analyze potential moves, and how situations can effect the United States and global economy.
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    Obviously ISIS/ISIL IRAN/IRAQ LYBIA AND THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST, NORTH KOREA & CHINA All Think We Are WEAK AND SPINELESS And We Will Do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO THWART THERE BLATANT DISREGARD FOR SANCTIONS BY THE UNITED NATIONS OR ANY OF THE U.N. MEMBERS AND THERE ATTEMPTS TO CURTAIL THERE ACTIONS.... Since Barack Obama Has Been President He Has Given All Of The Aforementioned Countries And Terror Driven Groups The GREEN LIGHT To Do As They Please Without Fear Of ANY Retaliatory Actions Towards Them!!! It Doesn't Mater How Many Of There Own Citizens They Kill Or Force Out Of There Homes Or How Many Bombs Are Detonated Or How Many Innocent Americans, French, Europeans, Christians Or More Specifically NON-MUSLIMS THEY AIMLESSLY KILL IN THE NAME OF ALA OR JIHAD.... NOTHING HAS BEEN OR WILL BE DONE UNTIL WE MAKE THE FIRST MOVE And As Long As Barack Obama &'The Left Leaning Liberal Democrats Continue To REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORIST FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE.... MURDERERS, THUGS & TERRORIST We Will Continue To Loose lives And Allow These Terrorist To Continue To Do What They Want To Whomever They Want For As Long As They Want!!!! A PRIME Example Of DOING NOTHING Is The Capture Of TEN AMERICAN NAVAL SERVICE MEN ALONG WITH TWO OF OUR VESSELS And The President Did NOT Once During His ONE HOUR SOTU Address Last Night Even Acknowledge The Event Or Make It Clear To IRAN And The Rest Of The Terrorist Community That ENOUGH IS ENOUGH And Were NJT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!!! Oh No, Unfortunately, Our BRAVE American Service Men BOWED TO THERE CAPTURES AND THANKED THEM FOR THERE HOSPITALITY AND APOLOGIZED FOR ANY WRONGDOING ON THERE PART!!! How Frickin Absurd And COMPLETELY OUTRAGEOUS IS THAT?!?! The Thought Of Engaging In ANOTHER WAR/MILITARY ENGAGEMENT Does Not Make Me Happy, But The Repeated And Continued Loss Of Innocent Lives Disturbs Me Even More..... When Ronald Reagan Was President Of Our Great Country, NOBODY PULLED THIS CRAP FOR FEAR OF CERTAIN AND SWIFT RETRIBUTION!!!! The Time Is Near When One Of Two Things Will Happen.... Another 9/11 Type Disaster Or A President That Puts His Foot Down And Makes An Example Outta ISIS/ISIL Once And For All. GOD SPEED AND BLESS THIS ONCE GREAT NATION AND RESTORE US TO OUR RIGHTFUL PLACE AS THE MOST POWERFUL NATION ON THE PLANET!!!
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