Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL, Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, One Hundred and Thirteenth Congress, First Session, December 9, 2014   [open pdf - 264KB]

This is a testimony compilation from the December 9, 2014 hearing on "Authorization for the Use of Military Force [AUMF] Against ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Bob Menendez: "This is the most important vote that any Member of Congress can take. It is a vote to send America's sons and daughter[s] into harm's way, and we do not take that responsibility lightly. That reality demands our full attention and consideration of three issues. First, whether military action to counter ISIL is necessary and in the national security interest of the United States. […] Second, we need to understand the political and military goals of this operation, how we expect to achieve them; and the time frame of this campaign. I know some may see this as limiting, but, at the end of the day, Americans will not be supportive of an authorization of an endless war. They do not want us to occupy Iraq for decades. They do not want an ISIL Recruitment AUMF [Authorization for the Use of Military Force] allowing ISIL to claim a Jihad against Western Crusaders that enhances their ability to recruit followers who want to fight Americans. […] Lastly, we need to hear what authorities the Commander in Chief expects that he will need from Congress to achieve his political and military goals of defeating ISIL and closing off the region to extremists and terrorist[s]." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bob Menendez, Bob Corker (statement not available), and John Kerry.

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