This joint resolution would declare that a state of war exists between the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and the U.S.
S.J.Res. 46 would allow the President to authorize armed forces to protect U.S. people and facilities in Iraq and Syria against the threats posed by ISIS. The use of ground forces would not be authorized under this resolution — unless it is necessary for the protection of U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. citizens from imminent danger posed by ISIS. Further exceptions would be allowed for limited operations against high value targets, or as necessary for advisory and intelligence gathering operations.
This authorization for the use of military force against ISIS would be terminated one year after S.J.Res 46 is enacted, requiring Congress to re-authorize operations at that time.