This resolution would authorize the use of military force (AUMF) against a number of Islamist terror groups and their associates, while giving the president the ability to add more groups to the list subject to congressional approval. It would also repeal two AUMFs that are currently in effect — the 2001 law passed to target the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and a 2002 law allowing the use of force against Iraq.
The following groups (plus their affiliates, supporters, or successor groups) are specifically targeted by this legislation:
The Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL);
Al Qaeda (including its affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic Maghreb);
The Haqqani Network;
The president would be allowed to add other organizations to this AUMF, but they would first have to determine that the group supports Islamist extremism and Congress would have to enact a resolution authorizing the use of force against the group.
As a joint resolution, this bill would advance from the House to the Senate if passed and has the ability to become law following congressional approval and a presidential signature.